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Date: January 24, 2008 04:58AM
52 year old welder Marvin Heemeyer lived in Grunbee Colorado fixing
vehicle mufflers. His small repair shop was located near a concrete
factory called Mountain Park. To Marvin and his neighbors' horrors, the
owners of Mountain Park decided to expand the factory, forcing the
people living near-by to sell their land to Mountain Park.
Sooner or later the factory's neighbors gave up, except for Marvin.
Having tried every way possible, the owners of the factory failed to
acquire his land. However all the surrounding land was now owned by
the factory, which resulted in Marvin's shop getting cut off from the
rest of the world.
Marvin tried everything in his powers to restore justice. Obviously, the
city council and other politicians of the state were on the factory
owners side and it's not surprising that Marvin lost the case to the owners in
court. After that Marvin was also given a $2500 fine for not having a
connected sewer line.
On the 4th of June, 2004 during 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
was the city council's turn followed by the town hall, then the bank, the
library, the fire station, a warehouse, the local paper and other buildings
belonging to the mayor.
Having tried to stop Heemeyer, the police finally understood that
Marvin's bulldozer was unstoppable. Later a vehicle rigged with explosives was
put in Marvin's path to destruction; it also had little luck in stopping
Marvin returned fire using two semi-automatic .23 caliber rifles and a
single .50 caliber semi-automatic rifle through specially designed holes
in the vehicle. All the police were able to do, was evacuate 1500
(the town's population was 2200) and block all the roads, including a
federal highway that lead to the town.
Marvin's war ended at 4:23PM
Having just finished destroying the Gambles Mall, the bulldozer suddenly
stopped. At first the police officers were too afraid to approach the thing.
Trying to get Marvin out of his fortress, they had to make a hole in the
When they finally got through, Marvin was already dead. He wasn't
going to get into the enemy's hands alive.
Despite the great damage to property (13 buildings were destroyed,
most requiring hundreds of thousands of dollars to be replaced), no
one besides Heemeyer was injured; observers noted that Heemeyer
appeared to go out of his way to avoid injury to bystanders.
The governor said that the city looked as if a tornado had just gone
Later an investigation was carried out. It was discovered that Marvin's
creation was so strong that even a powerful artillery blow would only
cause minor damage. The bulldozer was totally covered in sheet metal,
with each piece being at least half an inch thick. In places, the
vehicle's armor was over one foot thick, consisting of concrete
sandwiched between sheets of 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 the vehicle, Marvin knew he wouldn't
be able to get out.
Marvin packed the interior with supplies such as water, food, ammo
and a gasmask. To control the killdozer, Marvin used 3 monitors and a
couple of video cameras. In an event of the cameras being blinded by
dust, they were fitted with air compressors.
It took Marvin 2 months to design the Killdozer, and according to
sources, 1.5 years to build it.