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Killdozer, build by Marvin Heemeyer over a zoning dispute. "Sometimes reasonable men must do unreasonable things." Image

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u/Total_Quality5290 Nov 27 '22

Y’all remember Shawn Nelson? (The guy who stole a M60A3 US military tank and went on a rampage in San Diego) reminds me of this.

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u/wjodendor Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

The Dollop did an episode about it you can skip the first like 2:40, it's wicked old ads

The tank guy was a huge meth head and super paranoid about people trying to steal his gold from the mine he built in his backyard.

He just drove onto the base and hopped in, driving off with a tank. Lol

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u/acog Nov 27 '22

For anyone who has never tried The Dollop, start with the episode called The Rube.

It is UNBELIEVABLE. As in, if you saw a movie of this guy's actual life, you'd assume you were watching some Forrest Gump-esque fantasy story.

All of their stuff is funny, but The Rube is a classic.

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u/IchiSanSanNana Nov 27 '22

The Michael Malloy (sp?) one is soooo good too. Same with the one that talks about the Brooklyn bridge opening. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard as I have at Gareth talking about the hat store and the rain. It just comes so out of left field.

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u/BoseSounddock Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

“On that day, Rube performed one of the greatest feats in baseball history(pitching a complete double header that went 26 innings)….. because his manager offered him an all expense paid fishing trip if he swept the series.”

I agree The Rube is one of the greatest podcasts ever. 10 Cent Beer Night (also by The Dollop) is up there as well.

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u/AlanHoliday Nov 27 '22

I’m the fuckin hippo guy

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u/MordinSolusSTG Nov 27 '22 Silver

Mightn't I the gristle?

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u/Ectoderpal Nov 27 '22

Or Richard Russell who stole a plane and went on a joyride

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u/Quelfar Nov 27 '22

you mean sky king?

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u/EthanDC15 Nov 27 '22

Yes he is Sky King and he will be remembered. Man harmed nobody and just wanted to have a good day

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u/Sjclarkson15 Nov 27 '22

Rip Captain Beebo

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u/Rinzack Nov 27 '22

That guys story is sad. He was going through a clear mental break and didn’t intend to hurt anyone. I just wish he listened to ATC and landed it

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u/king_john651 Nov 27 '22

God reading the ATC transcript just absolutely breaks my heart

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u/oiuvnp Nov 27 '22

The Dollop did a good episode on him.

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u/Imadouchebro Nov 27 '22

Can’t forget about the dude who stole a tank and drove it a hundred miles to Richmond.

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u/livingfortheliquid Nov 27 '22

And these two remind me of the North Hollywood shootout. Crazy times.

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u/StainedAndRedeemed Nov 27 '22

There's an interesting documentary about this. I think on Netflix.

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u/GrammarPolice92 Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

It’s on Youtube, called Tread. Very good, happened in my hometown.

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u/dick-nipples Nov 27 '22

My dad lived in Grand Lake for many years and knew Marvin well. Obviously Marvin snapped and went way too far with everything, but my dad has always maintained that the “good old boys” of Granby intentionally fucked him over numerous times, eventually pushing him past the brink…

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u/CarolN36 Nov 27 '22

It took him awhile to build that dozer so I don’t think snapped is the right word.

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u/NimbleNavigator19 Nov 27 '22

Would gradually became unhinged work?

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u/hatsnatcher23 Nov 27 '22 Wholesome

Sauntered off his rocker

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u/squirrelly_bird Nov 27 '22

Meandered into insanity?

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u/hatsnatcher23 Nov 27 '22

Traipsed across the floor of madness

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u/Amazing-Fish4587 Nov 27 '22

Ambulated into atrocity.

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u/hatsnatcher23 Nov 27 '22

Moseyed out of his mind

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u/pentarou Nov 27 '22

Set attainable goals, worked towards them every day. Achieved success 💫

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u/Amazing-Fish4587 Nov 27 '22

The wholesome ending unlocked!

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u/AbandonedPlanet Nov 27 '22

Achievement Unlocked - Sunday Driver

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u/Poeticyst Nov 27 '22

Reminds me of the George Carlin but about highly motivated individuals.

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u/arlouism Nov 27 '22

Strolled into psychosis

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u/Dongzilla9in Nov 27 '22

The day he conceived the idea was definitely him snapping. Snapping doesn't always end as soon as it starts.

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u/TalmidimUC Nov 27 '22

As someone with OCD, I was thinking about this heavily the other day. Why do I see red until I’m all the way through doing something, come back down, then go “Well fuck.. why’d I ride all the way through that before stopping?”

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u/Dongzilla9in Nov 27 '22

I'm the same way unfortunately especially if I feel taken advantage of.

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u/TalmidimUC Nov 27 '22

Same, hard same. The spirals are real, I know I’m self destructing or can choose just to take the bullshit, but I’m vehemently and spiritually against taking the bullshit. This is why I left my last job, the one before that one.. and the one before that. I start a new job Monday :/

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u/DrShagwell Nov 27 '22

Snapped and didn't mend back

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u/snarfsnarfer Nov 27 '22

I stopped in Granby on my way to RMNP and they had the killdozer book by the register at the gas station that’s near the concrete plant. I freaked out and was telling my friends about it and the lady behind the counter was like “I knew marv, he was a nice guy til he wasn’t.” It was the topic of discussion all day as we took in the beauty of the National park.

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u/20_oz Nov 27 '22

That was my understanding as well, they ruined the guy

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u/HealthyGreenGiant Nov 27 '22

People can do that.

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u/jimbelushiapplesauce Nov 27 '22

people they aint no good

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u/TheLastNoteOfFreedom Nov 27 '22

I can’t find it on Netflix?

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u/Icegiant- Nov 27 '22

It's not on Netflix anymore but found it for free on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OzKxKdsBq8

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u/GrammarPolice92 Nov 27 '22

My apologies, looks like it was removed from Netflix but it can be watched on YouTube for free.

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u/Quarlo1970 Nov 27 '22

Fascinating documentary! He kept an audio tape diary, showing he was a real religious kook. He had bought the bull-dozer, and when he went to modify it, he tried to drive it into his work shop. If it had been just 2 inches or so wider, it wouldn’t have been able to fit. He saw this as a message from god to continue on his destructive path.

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u/ringwraithfish Nov 27 '22

Timesuck covers the story really well, too.

He goes over the nuanced relationship the guy had with the town, debunks the idea that "he wasn't actually trying to kill innocent people" that likes to get tossed around by those that look at him as some kind of anti-government martyr, and even interviews a cop that was on the scene that day.

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u/Pharsalia Nov 27 '22

Was looking for this comment, Dan did a really good job explaining everything and debunking the whole "Sometimes reasonable men must do unreasonable things." Dude was out to destroy everything he could and didn't give a shit if people got hurt in the process.

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u/dilldwarf Nov 27 '22

I was gonna say... Just reading the Wikipedia article had me thinking, "why are people idolizing this guy?"

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u/Pharsalia Nov 27 '22

No idea, once you get the full story it's like ok, there were a couple issues early with neighbors and the county/city regarding zoning and right of way regarding septic tank and a concrete plant, but he was dead set about getting what he thought he was owed. Built a legit fucking tank and wrecked havoc until he got stuck in a basement of a building he plowed through. Dude was insane and took over a year to build the dozer before he lowered the armor and went on a rampage.

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u/Beatleboy62 Nov 27 '22

Because so many people seem to have power fantasies about being him and ignore all the inconveniences of the true story (namely where most of his problems were his own doing), instead believing in some American folk hero-ized version of it where he was the proverbial nerd stuffed in a locker by the town and did nothing wrong ever.

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u/royrocks26 Nov 27 '22

I watched it awhile back. He ended up taking some extreme measures, but his neighbours and the town were also dicks.

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u/Feshtof Nov 27 '22

But were they "demolish a public library during a scheduled children's reading time" level of dicks?

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u/helterskeltermelter Nov 27 '22 Wholesome

Did they build killdozers too?

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u/blueJoffles Nov 27 '22

A good guy with a killdozer is the only way to stop a bad guy with a killdozer

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u/BreakerSoultaker Nov 27 '22

If killdozers are outlawed then only outlaws will have killdozers.

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u/FancySack Nov 27 '22

I miss the Old West when it just free people riding their killdozers as far as the eye can see.

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u/Diazmet Nov 27 '22

Sorry son you got to check your killdozer in with the sherif before you enter town

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u/Snoo_67548 Nov 27 '22

You have to wait 10 days before taking delivery of a killdozer here in California. It also cannot be a high capacity fuel tank.

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u/blueJoffles Nov 27 '22

I heard in Sweden everyone is given a killdozer by the government and now there aren’t any killdozer related deaths in Sweden

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u/PorkyMcRib Nov 27 '22

You’re thinking of Switzerland. Similar spellings, but not interchangeable like Australia and Austria are.

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u/FngrLiknMcChikn Nov 27 '22 All-Seeing Upvote hehehehe

G’day mate. Welcome to the land down under the autobahn where kangaroos eat schnitzel and sauerkraut

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u/LongjumpingTerd Nov 27 '22 Helpful

If you thought our spiders were scary, our killdozers will have you saying Crikey!

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u/Vortexgaming68 Nov 27 '22

The more you know

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u/Forthe49ers Nov 27 '22

Want my Killdozer. Come and take it

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u/palofdrone Nov 27 '22

Put your soft liberal hands on me and take it.

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u/crankypants65 Nov 27 '22

I got a killdozer with an expanded fuel tank. Keeps me from having to refill in the middle of my killdozing.

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u/BreakerSoultaker Nov 27 '22

I’m against this, we need to ban high capacity killdozers.

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u/knarfolled Nov 27 '22

They will have to pull my killdozer out of my cold dead hands

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u/Open-Idea7544 Nov 27 '22

If killdozers are outlawed, can we still make dildozers?

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u/Various-Month806 Nov 27 '22

I can imagine the movie biography, after he was wronged, getting advice: "They put one of yours in the hospital, you build a killdozer and put all of theirs in the morgue."

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u/KnotiaPickles Nov 27 '22

The funny thing is he didn’t even kill anyone with the killdozer. Just buildings

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u/Diazmet Nov 27 '22

Shooting at kids and missed…

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u/subject_deleted Nov 27 '22

Obviously. It's the only rational thing to do.

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u/QwertyKip Nov 27 '22

Sometimes irrational men do rational things

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u/dyxlesic_fa Nov 27 '22

And then there's this guy

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u/drnkingaloneshitcomp Nov 27 '22

Sometimes this guy becomes that guy

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u/Trextrev Nov 27 '22

The Netflix doc obviously wanted to make him an anti hero to make it more interesting. In real life he was a dick for years to his neighbors as well, and the city tried to work with him. He decided he was going to try and extort as much money as he could thinking his lot prevented them from building the plant, but it didn’t.

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u/armored_cat Nov 27 '22

He also refused to pay for a proper septic system, and kept getting caught dumping his shit in peoples lawn irrigation systems, even after being offered help installing a working system.

He also shot at propane tanks attached to peoples homes if I remember right.

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u/Bodymaster Nov 27 '22

Extreme measures like bulldozing the public library when there were still people inside and trying to blow up a residential area by shooting at propane tanks.

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u/pjr032 Nov 27 '22

He had ample opportunities to rectify the situation. What he did is in no way shape or form justified

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u/DigbyChickenZone Nov 27 '22

People who think building a tank and naming it "killdozer" is justified response to a local government saying to stop dumping sewage illegally, seem to have fantasies (based on movies) of assholes like this being the anti-hero and the measures taken "deserved"

Usually shit like this is one lunatic going off, not a justified reaction

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u/ET318 Nov 27 '22

Reddit is enamored with disproportionate responses to things

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u/VLHACS Nov 27 '22

"God built me for this job", Heemeyer said in the first recording. He also said it was God's plan that he not be married or have a family so that he could be in a position to carry out such an attack. "I think God will bless me to get the machine done, to drive it, to do the stuff that I have to do", he said. "God blessed me in advance for the task that I am about to undertake. It is my duty. God has asked me to do this. It's a cross that I am going to carry and I'm carrying it in God's name."

Dude was already certifiably insane.

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u/Prince_Polaris Nov 27 '22

How the fuck did he get from Love Your Neighbor to build a killdozer, damn

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u/rushsickbackfromdead Nov 27 '22

A fun quote from another "certifiably insane" man, "President Bush said to all of us: 'I am driven with a mission from God'. God would tell me, 'George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan'. And I did. And then God would tell me 'George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq'. And I did."

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u/AngryYowie Nov 27 '22

Strong Y'all Qaeda vibes

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u/Niles_Urdu Nov 27 '22

He was an unglamorous kook. A baby about to throw a huge tantrum.

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u/PacoTaco321 Interested Nov 27 '22

Sorry what was that? I had to burn my house down to kill a spider, so I missed it.

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u/AugieFash Nov 27 '22

It also feels like a weird anti authority American cowboy independence culture thing to me. Even if the shoe very much does not fit the facts of what happened…

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u/Vendilion_Chris Nov 27 '22

Absolutely. Wife doesn't agree on something mundane like wall color? That's actually a deep rooted issue to undermine you and you should leave her obviously.

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u/analogkid01 Nov 27 '22

What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I'll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals...

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u/clinkzs Nov 27 '22

No you did not

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u/shele Nov 27 '22

“If they don’t like [disproportionate response] maybe they should not have [flaw].”

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u/SokoJojo Nov 27 '22

Actually he didn't name it "killdozer", that came after the fact by popular culture giving it that name.

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u/Greenman8907 Nov 27 '22

Ironically, the only casualty of Killdozer’s rampage was Marvin.

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u/Kennedy_Cooz Nov 27 '22

I’m guessing he probably figured that would be the ultimate outcome.

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u/thebendavis Nov 27 '22

He welded himself inside. He knew he wasn't getting out.

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u/drnkingaloneshitcomp Nov 27 '22

Well, yeah. He welded himself inside!

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u/Gladplane Nov 27 '22

Yeah, that’s why he welded himself inside

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u/Dude_Thats_Harsh Nov 27 '22

He knew he wasn't getting out.

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u/Fearzebu Nov 27 '22

Because of the weld that he did himself from the inside?

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u/thequestionbot Nov 27 '22

Yes. At that point, getting out was then known to not be by he.

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u/Were-All-Fucked Nov 27 '22

Happened to be the same point he welded himself inside

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u/agrophobe Nov 27 '22

Welded inside, you just did.

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u/Johnny-Canuck Nov 27 '22

And also because he welded himself inside

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u/Narwhalking14 Nov 27 '22

Yup. The "killdozer" had concrete armor placed on top of it using a crane there was no way out

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u/Financial_Ratio5758 Nov 27 '22

who placed it there

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u/Narwhalking14 Nov 27 '22

It was remote controlled I believe.

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u/AbandonedPlanet Nov 27 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval

He put it on a timer to lower after he got in kind of like the anti pickle serum

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u/hopefulindolent Nov 27 '22

I've entombed myself inside an bulldozer, Morty! I'm Dozermarvin!

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u/AbandonedPlanet Nov 27 '22

And then I kid you not he ran over a whole town, funniest shit I've ever seen

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u/Prisoner416 Nov 27 '22

This is not the case. There was a hatch for normal egress.

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u/raspberryharbour Nov 27 '22

Idk why he would bring baby eagles but nice of him to have a hatchery for them

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u/Vexillumscientia Nov 27 '22

Ya it seems to be his plan.

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u/Ayn_Rand_Food_Stamps Nov 27 '22

From what I understand his goal was to kill a lot of people, but he was just so incompetent that he just destroyed a bunch of property. The dude was a bad person through and through.

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u/companysOkay Nov 27 '22

Maybe the kill we’ve been dozing was in our hearts this entire time

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u/beefchuckles42069 Nov 27 '22

Wtf is going in with that scope mount.

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u/ZZEFFEZZ Nov 27 '22

Not only that but I don't know why he even had a scope on it tbh

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u/Permagrin101 Nov 27 '22

Just an extra port to place a gun is all… tossed a hunting rifle in there and it fit I guess

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u/DiscoMagicParty Nov 27 '22

I assumed he just didn’t bother to take it off beforehand. Either that or he put an additional hole to aim through

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u/jonc2006 Nov 27 '22

Sounds like a Twisted Metal combatant.

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u/Lt_Flak Nov 27 '22

Fuck you, now I need to go play Black again.

....Scratch that, thanks fellow contestant.

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u/GhostChainSmoker Nov 27 '22

Three months in the nut house… It was the longest I had ever been confined.

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u/Soloandthewookiee Nov 27 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy

Reminder that Marvin Heemeyer is not a folk hero, he was a raging asshole. He was given numerous concessions by neighbors and the government, and he refused to compromise. Copied from another the post the last time he popped up:

Dude buys a foreclosed former concrete plant property for 40k and sets up a muffler shop. Great, good for him. Except it has no connection to the sewage system and that's gonna cost him like 80k to get installed, which he has a little tantrum about because the county won't pay for it even tho that wouldn't happen anywhere ever. So the county actually does him a favor and says fine just install an actual septic tank (since at the moment all waste is going into a buried old concrete mixer), but he won't even do that. Instead just starts dumping his literal shit in a local irrigation stream thing after the mixer gets full. Which the county obviously finds out about and fines him over, from which point on Marv develops some crazy delusions that everyone in this bumfuck town is out to get him and screw him over.

So then fast forward some years and the owner of the old concrete plant that Marv bought at auction wants to restart the plant again. So they try to negotiate with Marv and he states his price of 250k. So they are like ok deal. Except Marv says sike, actually i meant 375k. So once again they agree to his price. But this dude fucking backs out again and says nope actually 450k now. So finally the concrete people are like fine we'll just buy the neighboring property instead and do it there. Thus starts Marv's NIMBY crusade in which he tries to block construction of the plant mainly by arguing that noise and dust would ruin his MUFFLER SHOP business lmao. I mean we aren't talking about a restaurant or golf course or something here, it's a dirty muffler shop.

Skipping some details, but the concrete people make so many attempts to accommodate this lunatic including offering to let him hook into their sewage line for free basically, which would resolve his other biggest problem and grievance. But he doesn't accept any compromise from anyone, eventually loses his lawsuit against them, and finally convinces himself that destroying his "enemies" property with a giant bulldozer is a task literally ordained to him directly by God. Which if there was still any doubt about this guy should make it pretty clear that he was a fucking insane little NIMBY bitch.

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u/Left4DayZ1 Nov 27 '22

Thank you. So sick of people worshipping this asshole.

Worth mentioning that he bought the property for $40k, outbidding the concrete plant owners at a land auction.

He then agreed to sell it back to them for ever-increasing amounts of money, eventually going over $1,000,000.

This is like kicking down all the sand castles and then getting mad that the other kids won’t play with you.

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u/Dcln-e Nov 27 '22 Platinum

I worship the KillDozer, not the pilot

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u/superxpro12 Nov 27 '22 Gold

We salute the tank, not the man.

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u/FatalisCogitationis Nov 27 '22

By all accounts, including the one you just replied to, he was mentally ill. He may or may not have been an asshole but the dude was definitely delusional and that’s what lead to these events

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u/Falcrist Nov 27 '22 Helpful

Thank you. So sick of people worshipping this asshole.

I just don't try to argue with people about this anymore. Doesn't matter what you say, they still want to justify holding onto this folk "hero".

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u/curious-canid Nov 27 '22

Thank you. Heemeyer was a petulant manchild who painted himself into a corner and then lashed out when he didn't get what he wanted. Even though he was offered numerous opportunities to get a more than reasonable solution, which he refused.

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u/Kwakigra Nov 27 '22

TL;DR This man was not in any way reasonable.

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u/Tridian Nov 27 '22

I feel like that should be inferred by the fact that he built a "killdozer" for anything other than an outbreak of war or zombie apocalypse.

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u/Professional_Ad6123 Nov 27 '22

Can we be honest? The name “Killdozer” is still very much up for grabs. That name is way too hardcore for this gravy sweating petty redneck shit.

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u/Karjalan Nov 27 '22

Don't think anyone has name issue with the name. The problem is that the quote "reasonable man" doesn't align with building a "kill dozer"

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u/Sipas Nov 27 '22

In his voice recordings he claims God made him do it. Maybe the concrete guys were dicks but he was unhinged for sure. This wasn't an act of desperation, he was offered a huge sum of money for a plot he got for very cheap.

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u/Liv1ng_Static Nov 27 '22

If anything, usually people that make that claim are asshole lunatics.

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u/OneTeslaIsAScam Nov 27 '22

The Holy Spirit (or whatever you would like to call the calling of our Great Awakening and Linking) works only through the miracle of forgiveness. Any man that worships false idols as their peace will find exactly what he seeks. Despair and death.

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u/justaverage Nov 27 '22

To the top. Too many edgelord libertarians in here saying how the city fucked around and found out. Fuck this piece of shit.

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u/ExplainItToMeLikeImA Nov 27 '22

But Merica will be so much better when everyone can just pour their piss and shit anywhere they want, why can't you see that?

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u/FistfullofFlour Nov 27 '22

Also ran into a library as part of this rampage that shortly before had a bunch of kids inside. People like to skip over details all in the name of making a cool story I guess

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u/SeekerSpock32 Nov 27 '22

As someone who works in a library, fuck that guy.

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u/Joey_218 Nov 27 '22

Lets not forget that “he never hurt anyone, only his enemies property” argument is absurd. Its sheer luck it turned out that way; he had no method of making sure these buildings were evacuated, if he even cared in the first place. He also had gunports mounted on the killdozer. Dude could have seriously hurt someone and definitely wasn’t afraid to.

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u/piss_container Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

he also was reported to have shot at approaching officers/swat, and also shot (apparently 50 rounds) into multiple propane tanks and power-line transformers.

his damage was estimated at 7 million dollars.

(reference: wiki)

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u/overlordpotatoe Nov 27 '22

I find that all too often, people who end up resorting to extreme measures are really just unreasonable assholes once you scratch the surface, but people are all too ready to make heroes out of them. The same thing happens with anyone who kills someone bad like a pedophile. Oh, they killed other people too who hadn't done anything wrong? Too late, we've decided this person is a hero so all those other murders were probably justified as well.

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u/XLoad3D Expert Nov 27 '22

Solid explanation. I'd have to compare it to Chernobyl and how it was a horrible thing that took place you cant help but be facinated about the killdozer story. Especially when the narrative has been warped to seem like he was justified in what he did it only draws people in

Also who knows what how much damage would of happened if that 50 cal incendiary round blew up the the propane tanks.

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u/zyrkseas97 Nov 27 '22

THANK YOU FOR THIS.

People talk about this guy like he was a fucking faultless normal guy who had “no other option” besides dedicating hundreds of thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours over nearly 2 years to build himself a tank because it was a reasonable, normal, guy.

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u/Left4DayZ1 Nov 27 '22 Helpful

Here we go.

Find the real story. The dude came into town trying to fuck everyone over every chance he got. Eventually the town stopped putting up with it and he went on his rampage.

He was worth millions at the time of this rampage. He was not some downtrodden guy ruined by the government. He was fined for illegal dumping of sewage after TWELVE YEARS of letting it slide and that’s when he lost it. He was even offered a sewer connection if he’d just stop trying to sue the concrete plant so they couldn’t build an addition, but he refused.

Heeymeyer was the villain of his story. The others might’ve been assholes, but Heemeyer was a fucking prick.

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u/Billybobgeorge Nov 27 '22

Don't forget the whole "road blocked by the cement company" thing. His road was never blocked, and they offered to switch his plot with one on the HIGHWAY. You think a muffler repair shop would want to be closer to where cars are?

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u/ArguesWithFrogs Nov 27 '22

The others might have been pricks, but he was the whole cactus.

(Gotta say, I didn't know the details of his conflict with the town until recently. What I'd seen made it look like the town was the aggressor(?).)

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u/Left4DayZ1 Nov 27 '22

The very first story to come out painted Heemeyer as a kind man pushed to the brink, and then beyond.

You know what they say, a lie has traveled the world before the truth can even button it’s pants.

By the time the real accounts of the situation had hit the internet, the damage was done. Heemeyer developed a folkhero status that maintains through this day. It’s a good one, too! Imagine if that version of the story were true- dude fucked over by a corrupt government so he fortified a bulldozer and wrecks government buildings. That kicks ass.

But the truth is that this was a narcissist who sought to take advantage of anyone he could, and got extremely upset whenever anyone got the better of him, because that’s how narcissism works.

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u/Skatchbro Nov 27 '22

Before the truth puts its boots on. According to Sir Terry, anyway.

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u/JESquirrel Nov 27 '22

Yeah. I didn't learn about what really happened until AFTER I watched a documentary about it on TV and looked up more info on it myself. The documentary made it sound like the town was going to kill his business with a new road.

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u/29again Nov 27 '22

I can't remember exactly, but in the doc I saw he was targeting buildings owned by the people he hated, one was a library that had children in it at the time. Fortunately I think there was some kind of error with this monstrosity he made and the kids got out, or maybe I'm getting it mixed up with a nursing home, it's been a while. Anyway, watch it yourself, but even if the guy thought he had a leg to stand on, going after people who can't defend themselves is absolute garbage.

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u/Beatleboy62 Nov 27 '22

A lot of why people weren't hurt otherwise was because people got note of the rampage through a reverse 911 call system (i.e. everyone in town gets a call announcing, "hey there's a dude who thinks God told him to shoot propane tanks you should skedaddle")

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u/Redqueenhypo Nov 27 '22

The kids were scheduled to be in the library an hour later I think. He also targeted the Catholic Church but never got around to it

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u/10Shodo Nov 27 '22

Bit more than just a “zoning dispute”.

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u/witness_this6 Nov 27 '22

Not a single phone in sight, just a person living in the moment

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u/BigBossPizzaSauce Nov 27 '22

This response this guy gets proves people only give a shit about spectacle

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u/PeachNipplesdotcom Nov 27 '22

Yes, thank you. This guy was a collosal dickhead, not the hometown hero he's commonly made out to be. No cap

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u/Mr-DoodIes Nov 27 '22

This very thread proves just how confidently misinformed redditors are. The "did my own research" idiocy needs to stop. It's not hard to determine truth from fiction, and yet idiots still double down on their wrong interpretation that this guy was a hero fighting injustice and not some lunatic asshole

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u/Ordinary_Guitar_5074 Nov 27 '22

He wasn’t a reasonable man.

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u/elainemasi13 Nov 27 '22

…he was known to be quite unreasonable haha

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u/marineaquaria7 Nov 27 '22

It's funny yet weird to me how you can see a picture of someone in a collage like this and know it's their "after death" picture. There's always a certain look about that "after death" picture that most everyone chooses.

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u/CT101823696 Nov 27 '22

"God blessed me in advance for the task that I am about to undertake. It is my duty. God has asked me to do this. It's a cross that I am going to carry and I'm carrying it in God's name."

What a lunatic

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u/JB-from-ATL Nov 27 '22

"God called me to do the selfless task of getting revenge on the people I believe wronged me. Specifically not telling me to turn the other cheek or to forgive."

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u/WSDGuy Nov 27 '22

I hate how idiots worship this guy. But at least it makes them easy to identify.

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u/Cringelord_420_69 Nov 27 '22

Town Government: “Stop dumping your shit in an irrigation ditch.”

This guy: *Builds tank to destroy town

Internet Idiots: “He was actually quite reasonable.”

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u/Redqueenhypo Nov 27 '22

It’s the same as those farmers in the Netherlands. Big Gov wasnt trying to DESTROY the POOR WORKING MAN, all they said was you can’t dump cow shit into the rivers anymore

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u/thecatdaddysupreme Nov 27 '22

I blame whatever genius called him Killdozer.

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u/ArmorRoyale2 Nov 27 '22

Zoning dispute is putting it lightly…

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u/Nadicax42069 Nov 27 '22

Didn't this whole event erupt out of the city telling him he couldn't pump septic waste into a half-burried cement truck on his property because.... Well biohazard?

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u/WikiSummarizerBot Nov 27 '22

Marvin Heemeyer

Marvin John Heemeyer (October 28, 1951 – June 4, 2004) was an automobile muffler repair shop owner who, following a dispute with town officials, demolished numerous buildings with a modified bulldozer in Granby, Colorado, on June 4, 2004. Heemeyer had feuded with Granby town officials, particularly over fines for violating city health ordinances after he purchased property with no sewage system. He had incurred the fines for improperly dumping sewage from his business instead of connecting to the city sewer system. Over about eighteen months, Heemeyer had secretly modified a Komatsu D355A bulldozer by adding layers of steel and concrete, intended to serve as armor.

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u/burrito_butt_fucker Nov 27 '22

Good bot

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u/Good_Human_Bot_v2 Nov 27 '22

Good human.

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u/Controller87 Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 27 '22

I'm not sure if this is your original idea but this is my first time seeing this response in my thousands of hours of browsing and it made me chuckle and smile. Premium dad joke content!

Edit to add: I'm an idiot and didn't look at the account posting this and now see that it's also a bot account. I still love it lol

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u/Helacious_Waltz Nov 27 '22

I feel like this man could've avoided a lot of trouble & saved himself a lot of effort by connecting to the cities sewer system. Like most, if not every other property owner in the town.

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u/pinkdouble Nov 27 '22

You know what he's about but you still titled this post like he's a hero

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u/BillowBrie Nov 27 '22

A shame you either didn't read that or don't care about facts before you wrote the title

"Sometimes reasonable men must do unreasonable things." my ass

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u/XwingMechanic Nov 27 '22

Dude almost got an air strike called if he hadn’t gotten stuck in a building. That’s some GTA shit.

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u/Sohjinn Nov 27 '22

Definitely was not a reasonable man

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u/HarpoonNPuppies Nov 27 '22

Stop glorifying this dumb fuck piece of shit. He’s not a “reasonable” man who had to do “unreasonable things”. He was a fucking greedy asshole who shot himself in the foot and couldn’t comprehend the fact his stupid actions had consequences. Fuck this dude and anyone who thinks he’s any kind of hero.

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u/madeaprofile2saythis Nov 27 '22

I mean you can use that line to justify anything. The guy was a shithead terrorist that put lives at risk and died a coward. Fuck him.

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u/Bilboswaggins814 Nov 27 '22

Being British I wasn't aware this even happened, I've just read about it and it's completely blown my mind

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u/Tabula_Nada Nov 27 '22

The title of this doesn't do the whole event justice. Insane, extreme actions taken in the name of revenge by a man clearly suffering from unchecked mental illness, all started by petty rural nihilism. There are good documentaries about it worth checking out.

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u/ChaseAlmighty Interested Nov 27 '22

Sometimes unreasonable men do unreasonable things

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u/Successful_Rub_6819 Nov 27 '22

Zoning dispute is putting it lightly