Marvin Heemeyer © wood engraving (ed. 40) image: 7 x 5 in. $100.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)
Marvin Heemeyer was mad and wasn't going to take it any more. Marvin owned a successful muffler shop in Granby, Colorado and he had been battling with the city over a zoning issue for about three years. The city allowed a cement factory to locate on the property next to Marvin's shop, which created problems with Marvin's business and restricted access to his shop. All attempts to work out compromises ended in disappointments for Marvin and he finally decided to get even. He sold his business and during the six month period before he was to vacate the property he constructed an armored shell for his bulldozer, with two thicknesses of welded half inch steel filled with concrete. The shell included protected gun slits and protected remote TV cameras for viewing in all directions. The interior was supplied with compressed air to remove dust from the TV monitors and air conditioning to keep him cool. There were also weapons and plenty of ammunition.

In June, 2004 the preparations were complete and Marvin climbed into the bulldozer and lowered the armor over the bulldozer with a remotely operated crane. Marvin had planned this carefully. There was no way in... or out. The bulldozer broke through the wall of the shop and headed into downtown Granby to get revenge, destroying the concrete plant, city hall, the newspaper office, and the former mayor's home, among others. Deputies from the Colorado State Patrol and other lawmen tried unsuccessfully to stop the bulldozer. During the destruction of a hardware store, the tracks of the bulldozer fell into the basement portion of the store and Marvin was stuck. That's when Marvin figured he had made his point and used a handgun to take his own life. It was noted, by some who watched this rampage of Marvin's, that he seemed to take measures to avoid injuring anyone and focused only on damaging property.

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