Go Marvin, a man ofaction, just don’t piss him off!
52 year old welder MarvinHeemeyer lived in Grunbee Colorado fixing vehicle mufflers. Hissmall repair shop was located near a concrete factory called MountainPark. To Marvin and his neighbors' horrors, the owners of Mountain Parkdecided to expand the factory, forcing the
people living near-by tosell their land to Mountain Park.
Sooner or later thefactory's neighbors gave up, except for Marvin. Having tried every waypossible, the owners of the factory failed to acquire his land. Howeverall the surrounding land was now owned by the factory, whichresulted in Marvin's shop getting cut off from the
rest of the world.
Marvin tried everythingin his powers to restore justice. Obviously, the city council and otherpoliticians of the state were on the factory owners' evil capitalistside. It's not surprising thatMarvin lost the case to the owners, in court. After that Marvin wasalso given a $2500 fine for not having a connected sewer line.When paying the fine, Marvin attached a note to the check and ticket thatread "Cowards".
He was just one of thosewho would not give up.
On the 4th of June, 2004during a rainy day Marvin rolled out
into town on a bulldozer reinforced with metal sheets.
He started with the concrete factory, destroying building after building, until the factory was
demolished. Then it was the city council's turn followed by the town hall, then the bank, the public library, the fire station, a warehouse, the local paper and otherbuildings belonging to the mayor.
Having tried to stopHeemeyer, the police finally understood that Marvin's bulldozer wasunstoppable. More than 200 bullets were fired at the vehicle, causingno harm at all.
The police force then decided to battle the titan withhand grenades. Once again their efforts were useless. Later a vehiclerigged with explosives was put in Marvin's path to destruction;it also had little luck in stopping him.
Marvin returned fireusing two semi-automatic .23 caliber rifles and a single .50 calibersemi-automatic rifle through specially designed holes in the vehicle's front, left and right sides. All the police were able to do, was evacuate 1500 inhabitants (the town's
population was 2200) and block all the roads, including a federal highwaythat lead to the
Marvin's war ended at 16:23
Marvin's war ended at4:23 PM. Having just finished destroying the Gambles Mall, the bulldozer suddenly stopped. The only thing that could be heard coming formMarvin’s death
machine was smoke out of a damaged radiator.
At first the policeofficers were too afraid to approach the thing. Trying to get Marvin out of hisfortress, they had to make a hole in the armor. When they finally gotthrough, Marvin was already dead. He wasn't going to get into theenemy's hands alive.
Despite the great damageto property (13 buildings were destroyed, most requiring hundredsof thousands of dollars to be replaced), no one besides Heemeyer wasinjured; observers noted that Heemeyer appeared to go out of hisway to avoid injury to bystanders.
The governor said thatthe city looked as if a tornado had just gone through.
Later an investigationwas carried out. It was discovered that Marvin's creation was so strong thateven a powerful artillery blow would only cause minor damage. Thebulldozer was totally covered in sheet metal, with each piece being atleast half an inch thick. In places, the vehicle's armor was overone foot thick, consisting of concretesandwiched between sheetsof steel to make ad-hoc composite armor.
To fit the bulldozer with this shell, Marvin had to use a self-made crane. "Lowering the
protective armor onto thevehicle, Marvin knew hewouldn't be able to get out"- said police
Marvin packed theinterior with supplies such as water, food, ammo and a gasmask. To controlthe killdozer, Marvin used 3 monitors and acouple of video cameras.In an event of the cameras being blinded by dust, they were fittedwith air compressors.
It took Marvin 2 monthsto design the Killdozer, and according to sources,
1.5 years tobuild it.
"He was a finelad", - said the people that were close to Marvin. "They shouldn't have made himangry". "If he was your friend, he was your best friend. And if hewas your enemy, well he was your worst and most dangerousenemy." - said Marvin’s friends.