The following is copied verbatim from my friend James’ MySpace page. He introduced me to this amazing man and his amazing story, and I will let his words do the talking.
One year ago today, a real american hero was born. Marvin Heemeyer, fed up with small town politics, decided to take matters into his own hands. He spent a year reinforcing a bulldozer with inch thick steel plates, concrete, rifles and cameras and then set out on a path of rightous destruction, destorying the homes and busniesses of those that wronged him.
What makes Marvin and his Killdozer a hero, instead of a random crazy person was the fact that no one was harmed during his rampage, save himself from a self inflicted bulletwound when the Killdozer finally collapsed under it’s own awesomness.
The police were powerless agianst it. Their bullets couldn’t penetrate it’s hide, construction vehicles sent to stop his progress were brushed off as annoyances. Marvin had a mission and he wouldn’t rest until it was complete.
So today, June 4th, tip a glass to Marvin Heemeyer and his Killdozer. A simple man who had enough of small town corruption who used ingenuity and American know how to wreak his vengeance.
Birthplace: Castlewood, SD
Location of death: Granby, CO
Cause of death: Suicide
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Killdozer pilot
Military service: USAF (1969)
After years of enmity with the city council over the construction of a concrete plant near his store, Marvin Heemeyer drove an armored Caterpillar DR-9 bulldozer through downtown Granby, CO, pulverizing several buildings before turning a gun on himself. After lobbying unsuccessfully against the construction of the plant, Heemeyer found his muffler shop cut off from the rest of town, his business curtailed.
Heemeyer purchased a bulldozer with the intention of building a road connecting his store to the main road, but city council members rejected his proposal. Over the next two years, he proceeded to fortify the bulldozer, armoring it with concrete sandwiched between half-inch thick steel plates. Thus enclosed, he wired an ingenious network of cameras so he could see outside on a pair of old televisions. Inside, he mounted powerful fans to blow away dust from the air slits and gun portals, and kept a stock of beverages in a cooler.
On the afternoon of 4 June 2004, Heemeyer decided to put his plan into action, and took the finished killdozer on a long, lumbering joyride through the concrete plant, the town hall, and several businesses and homes before becoming stuck in the rubble of a collapsed warehouse. By that time, the killdozer was surrounded, and a swat team was firing bullet after bullet at the hull of the beast, only to see the shots ricochet off pitifully while Heemeyer, armed with a rifle, returned fire. After a ten minute standoff, the bulldozer went silent.
Police used a series of explosive charges to pierce the killdozer’s armor, to no avail. By six o’clock the next morning, workers had finally cut open a hole in the using a torch; inside, they found Heemeyer’s lifeless body, dead of a single gunshot to the head. Incredibly, no one else was injured in the rampage.
Heemeyer’s attack, though premeditated, apparently had nothing to do with the 1974 TV movie Killdozer, directed by Jerry London and based on a book by Theodore Sturgeon; or, for that matter, the band Killdozer.
Above text shamelessly stolen from NNDB
Photos from the Killdozer rampage.