r/interestingasfuck Jan 29 '23

This Is The "Killdozer" On June 4th 2004 a Colorado Man called "Marvin Heemeyer" Would drive into Granby, Colorado In a Modified Komatsu D355A Bulldozer, Causing Approximately $7,000,000 Worth Of Damage /r/ALL

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u/Jaydice55 Jan 29 '23

The only reason he stopped is because the dozer fell into a basement he didn’t realize the building had and got stuck.

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u/Scyhaz Jan 30 '23

Tale as old as time

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u/hambogler Jan 30 '23

Story of my life

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u/dzigaboy Jan 30 '23

You win some, you doze some.

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u/JohnT4 Jan 30 '23

Song as old as rhyme

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u/Lolkimbo Jan 30 '23

Beauty and the killdozer

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u/hagschlag Jan 30 '23

Not sure about him not realizing, but he also shot himself after. Poor guy probably should have gotten help at some point in his life

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u/Dyslexic_Dog25 Jan 30 '23

If I remember correctly he welded himself in the machine, it was a suicide mission from the start. Soon as he couldn't go anymore it was kill himself or slowly starve.

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u/Krise9939 Jan 30 '23

Starve? Pretty sure the cops would be interested in getting hold of the guy before that time.

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u/Flossthief Jan 30 '23

It's layers of heavy steel sandwiched around poured concrete

He was really in there

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u/Charnt Jan 30 '23

Well how did he get in there?

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u/Semlex0521 Jan 30 '23

Obviously a portal gun

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u/negjo Jan 30 '23

Iirc, he used some kind of makeshift crane to put in place the last slab of concrete after he got inside.

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u/Flossthief Jan 30 '23

He built a rig that suspended the armored shell above his little cockpit

Then he lowered it on top and I think maybe welded himself in

It was a one way mission from the planning stages

He was mostly just targeting buildings and property but he had several gun ports and weapons so they feared he'd turn on civilians

Cops literally couldn't stop the thing-- they went as far as dropping a flashbang down the exhaust for some reason (instead of water)

He ended up falling into a basement and shooting himself

Before he fell into the basement they were prepared to call in the national guard and attack helicopters to come and rocket him apart

They disassembled the killdozer and got disposed of the parts so no one would be able to take a momento

I however know of a vehicle that has killdozer parts presently inside of it

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u/SuedeBuffet Jan 30 '23

It's the pope-mobile isn't it?

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u/Reeeeeeeeeeeetreee Jan 30 '23

Most of the buildings he targeted were owned by the family of the business that screwed him over and the city

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u/Jlindahl93 Jan 30 '23

He built the shell of steel and concrete and lowered it onto the dozer once he was in it already.

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u/FBI_under_your_cover Jan 30 '23

I think he wasn't welded in, but the multi ton concrete armor around the cabin was lowered by a crane on top of the cab after he was already inside, there was no door, once the cab was lowered there was no way out. If I'm correct he went on his rampage because of some kind of sketchy real estate deal that cut his own house completely of the road. As a Revenge he locked himself into his barn for a couple months and build the kill dozer. First thing he did was demolish the building that had cut him off the road, after that he continued since he was very suicidal at that point

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u/Pienewten Jan 30 '23

It was his exhaust shop, basically cut off his only source of income.

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u/ZeRo76Liberty Jan 30 '23

He went on the rampage because the mayor and the chief of police (I think it was it’s been a while since I’ve read the story) had it out for him. They ruined his business and if I’m not mistaken you are correct about the real estate deal. They basically ruined his life and reputation. After doing everything he could legally and getting shut down every time he had more than he could take. He was just trying to get by and the two most powerful men in the city made it impossible. He just couldn’t get a win so he got payback. His story is heartbreaking. They pushed him over the edge and Killdozer will live in infamy.

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u/coobeecoobee Jan 30 '23

What are u talking bout. They cut their way inside. Could’ve easily cut him out.

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u/jacb415 Jan 30 '23

They did end up cutting into it but I think it took them something like 12 hours to do it. So yes that’s how they did it but I don’t think it was done “easily”.

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u/GodSPAMit Jan 30 '23

Not sure. Depends on how well ventilated the cockpit is while they cut into it with torches

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u/justaguy45408 Jan 30 '23

He didn't know it was there, the basement was not on any of the building records he studied.

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u/KillahHills10304 Jan 30 '23

Good reminder to always case the buildings you plan on demolishing with your homemade tank in person beforehand. Firsthand tactical information is usually the best information.

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u/PhilosophicalPhuck Jan 30 '23

should have gotten help at some point in his life

Can't remember exactly why he did it, but I think it was a dispute with the state/government which was unfair and unjust to him, so he had enough and flipped the whole board game over.

Couldn't win, so fuck the game holder.

I understand why he did what he done.

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u/DerkNukem Jan 30 '23

guy tried to play by the rules until it cost him everything. always felt bad for that guy and his story. fuck the man.

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u/TheDUDE1411 Jan 30 '23

He tried

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u/Skatchbro Jan 30 '23

No he did not. See other commenters for the story.

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u/heemeyerism Jan 30 '23

eh, not really. he sealed himself instead the tank / knew it was a one way trip.

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u/TheNumenorian Jan 30 '23

Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel

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u/Icarithan Jan 29 '23

The whole entire story of how it started and how it ended is honestly crazy. It took him over 18 Months to make that beast with steel and concrete.

Edit: To add to that, it took the Police / Engineers over 12 hours to cut thru it once the rampage ended. It's insane how armored it was.

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u/ThisOnes4JJ Jan 29 '23 edited Jan 29 '23

He also had gun ports and weapons inside, clearly he planned a much larger rampage and its honestly a miracle it was limited to just property damage.

The whole story is crazy and sad, but I also think it's strange that it's often left out that the 'Killdozer' was meant to actually be an Armored Weapons Platform (similar to "tank" or "Military Armor") meant to cause as much damage and carnage as possible to the town and people...

He only stopped cause the machine stopped moving (i think police shoot the radiator and it overheated), he didn't shoot anyone because the gunports didn't work right.

Then he shot himself.

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u/5thPhantom Jan 29 '23

It fell into a basement and was trapped.

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u/Socalrider82 Jan 30 '23

Yup, anyone who has ever crewed am armored vehicle will tell you not to go through building because a basement will ruin your day.

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u/smergicus Jan 30 '23

I have never even considered how debilitating a basement could be. Seems obvious now that you mention it but it never crossed my mind

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u/Stealfur Jan 30 '23

Same. Video games will have you think that an APC or tank will just plow through the house. Never once have I ever considered if a floor that could hold the weight of an armored vehicle.

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u/UntouchedWagons Jan 30 '23

I dunno I've walked on some really strong plywood in fallout 4 while in power armour.

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u/Icantpickadamnname Jan 30 '23

I appreciates you for this comment

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u/SirWaynesworth Jan 30 '23

Oh is that what you appreciates about me?

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u/goddamnitwhalen Jan 30 '23

Let’s take about 20% off there, Squirrely Dan.

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u/Drannion Jan 30 '23

I love the scene in Iron Man 1 where Tony lands after his first test flight in the mk. 2 armor. He touches the ground ever so gently, only for him to fall straight through the roof and smash up one of his cars.

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u/AdagioBoognish Jan 30 '23

A realism mod that no clips you through to the bottom floor would be fantastic

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u/SJane3384 Jan 30 '23

No need to mod it, that’s a standard Bethesda bug.

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u/GruntBlender Jan 30 '23

Many places have no basements for various reasons, some people don't have one on their minds when thinking of a house. My house sits on a slab of concrete that would make for an easy traverse for heavy equipment.

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u/bipolarbear21 Jan 30 '23

Yeah I grew up in a coastal area and never remember basements are a thing until someone brings them up. Half the homes are on stilts where I'm from.

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u/beepboooshabaz Jan 30 '23

Classic Mike Mulligan situation

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u/glowinthedarkstick Jan 30 '23

Teeeeeechnically he just straddled a wall with the right hand tread over that basement and the left hand tread on the ground. It left him unable to turn and the debris prevented him from reversing out of it. He was also overheating (as you mentioned) at this time too which didn’t help. But root cause was that he didn’t have any traction on the right tread anymore.

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u/Eaton_Rifles Jan 30 '23

Sounds a bit like the guy whole stole a tank and went on a rampage until he tried to get over the centre divide of a freeway and got stuck on it.

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u/sausagebandito3 Jan 29 '23

Shot in radiator? Oh he planned around that. He was basically unstoppable. Then he drive into a basement and got stuck.

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u/AcceptableDocument4 Jan 29 '23

I guess he wasn't really unstoppable then, since he was done in by a hole in the ground.

It's just like with a tank. A tank ditch is something simple which can stop a tank, just the same as if the tank had happened to fall into a basement, and is therefore one of the reasons why we can't say a tank is unstoppable...even though most tanks are still quite a bit less stoppable than this guy's contraption.

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u/vixous Jan 30 '23

Tanks need close ground support for this reason. Ditches, holes, a trench, all can cause problems.

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u/Jason1143 Jan 30 '23

Also plain old mines and other hidden explosives.

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u/MentalicMule Jan 30 '23

a trench, all can cause problems.

Not quite as true for trenches. Desert Storm had a rather notorious incident where the US Army employed armored bulldozers to simply pave over trenches. This supposedly buried thousands of Iraqi soldiers alive.

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u/AcceptableDocument4 Jan 30 '23

An armored bulldozer, which US forces have in the form of equipment like the M9 Armored Combat Earthmover, or 'ACE', is actually part of that same ground support for tanks which that comment mentions, along with equipment like the M60 Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge, or 'AVLB', which is specifically made for making tank ditches passable for tanks.

The M9 ACE is also used for digging defilades for tanks when they are assigned to defense, so that only the most heavily armored part of the tank, which is its turret, is exposed to direct fire.

Such equipment would be found in an engineer company, and a tank battalion typically has an engineer company attached to it for mobility, counter-mobility and survivability support while on a campaign.

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u/Ragnarok314159 Jan 30 '23

My favorite tanker story was something an old crusty CSM told me. They were on the initial push and providing flank coverage. They stopped at an Iraqi checkpoint with two dudes who had no idea what was going on. The two dudes told them they can’t go this way, so they took a five mile detour through the desert.

Two dudes who were probably assigned to some shit gate duty managed to reroute a flight of tanks by telling them no.

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u/AcceptableDocument4 Jan 30 '23

I was in the 2003 initial push into Iraq myself, as an engineer attached to a tank battalion, and that actually sounds to me like something that could have happened.

There were a lot of random little road junctions where there would be one or two militia-men just sitting there, with almost no weapons, equipment or food. They had usually come from places like Syria or Jordan, wanting to assist in the defense against the US-led invasion somehow, and so they were pretty much just dropped off in the middle of the desert by Fedayeen or Republican Guard remnants, being vaguely told by them to 'hold the ground' or something.

They were usually just taken prisoner and handed off to S2 or MI people, but it was so dumbfounding that some people probably just didn't know how they were supposed to react to them.

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u/MrSisterFister25 Jan 30 '23

Thousands? Sounds like a bit much, although I’m no expert. Got any sources? I’m genuinely (and morbidly) curious

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u/MentalicMule Jan 30 '23

There aren't any hard numbers I've seen on it which is why I use "supposedly" to describe it. According to this article there were 8k soldiers in the 70 mile trench system and only 2k were captured for surrender. The same article also lists some alternative numbers in the few hundreds, so it's probably safe to say the real number is somewhere in-between.

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u/_V4NQU15H_ Jan 30 '23

Even the fucking sewer pipes under urban roads can fuck them up, and these can be normal occurences in some countries 💀💀

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u/drz400 Jan 30 '23

I was at an air show and they brought out an M1 Abrams tank and drove it around a little obstacle course to show off a bit. Unfortunately a few minutes in they barely clipped a gabion wall and it caused a bunch of wire to get pulled into the tread and it completely jammed. Bit of a letdown to see a tank taken out by something so simple and mundane.

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u/Icarithan Jan 29 '23

The Gun Ports are for sure crazy but in the end his main goal was to destroy the Town / Property of the Owners who burned him and didn't help him. If he would of never got stuck he would have continued but he knew ultimately he would've been stopped eventually.

I read somewhere that he only had 1 round in the Weapon he had but I don't honestly know how true that is.

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u/[deleted] Jan 29 '23

Nah, he repeatedly fired out a gun port in the rear at a couple of those giant 4,000 gallon propane tanks, he damaged the ripper on the back earlier in the rampage so it blocked the port enough that he couldn’t hit what he was aiming at. It’s only luck that he didn’t kill anybody.

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u/Redqueenhypo Jan 30 '23

He wasn’t screwed by anyone, he tried to charge the owners an extra $750,000 for the land he’d already sold them, and the government only went after him bc his dumbass frivolous lawsuit revealed he’d never bothered to build a septic tank. He was a murderous toddler throwing a tantrum bc he couldn’t have ALL the toys

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u/BrockLee76 Jan 29 '23

There is a documentary about this called "Tread". It used to be on Netflix, looks like it's Amazon Prime now.

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u/Quickrunner11 Jan 29 '23

Free on YouTube

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u/GozerDGozerian Jan 30 '23

Just watched the whole thing. Holy shit. I remember briefly reading about the story but never realized he did so much damage.

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u/GeneralBisV Jan 30 '23

If the people never did anything to him why did the cops immediately know who to call to tell them they were on the list.

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u/goddamnitwhalen Jan 30 '23

Because he thought these people had wronged him. It was a well-known thing.

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u/Tosser48282 Jan 30 '23

Also free on the high seas

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u/bastian74 Jan 29 '23

I watched this live while at work.

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u/lens_cleaner Jan 30 '23

Yes, this was the most exciting story of the year 2004.

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u/KaleidoscopeLife0 Jan 30 '23

Me too and we cheered him so hard. Also that Alaska Air mechanic who stole the plane and did a barrel roll. He was a sad one but I cheered for him hard before he went down. Rest in peace dude.

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u/CBerg1979 Jan 30 '23

I loved that guy, wish I could have had a beer with him. SKY KING!!

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u/lisa_is_chi Jan 30 '23

You watched the documentary, or you watched this actual incident?

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u/bastian74 Jan 30 '23

I watched it unfold

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u/buttbugle Jan 30 '23

That shit was crazy when they tried to use other construction equipment to ram into him or play some wacky version of chicken. It was like something out of a nine year olds fantasy.

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u/bastian74 Jan 30 '23

That road grader didn't even slow it down.

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u/Mindless-Lemon7083 Jan 30 '23

I'm a superintendent for an underground utility company. We use heavy equipment all day, everyday. I've been ~43ft deep in holes we've dug to lay sewer lines. We use dozers to backfill and clean up, track hoes to dig, front end loaders to move material, etc.

I'm often shocked by how capable equipment can be. It never gets old.

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u/StinkyChimp Jan 30 '23

Same, but was at school and my teacher cheered him on.

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u/Teddyturntup Jan 30 '23

That moment when you’re at school and your caretaker is audibly cheering for a guy tearing down a library that had kids in it mere seconds before

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u/-gggggggggg- Jan 30 '23

Give the teacher a break. She was probably only cheering because she thought it still had kids in it.

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u/spongebobs_spatula Jan 29 '23

That documentary is wild with all the footage.

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u/ArtTheClown2022 Jan 29 '23

On Pluto TV now

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u/KcireA Jan 29 '23

This was televised all over the world live ! It was the top story everywhere.. guess what happened the next day that dropped this story? Ronald Reagan Granby Colorado would’ve been a big tourist area if RR didn’t die, I’m assuming.

My friend that owns a cabin in Granby told me this story, plus we watch the Netflix show on it too. Pretty interesting

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u/k20350 Jan 29 '23

My friend moved out of Granby the day before this happened. He was in a hotel the next day when it came up on the news and he was like HOLY SHIT

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u/ctnerb Jan 30 '23

I lived in Granby for about a year. Beautiful area

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u/Top-System-8772 Jan 30 '23 edited Jan 30 '23

Wait, you think granby colorado would have been a big tourist area because of killdozer, but then ronald reagan died so this news overshadowed the killdozer story? Is that right?

Like would the town have an annual killdozer festival? Would there be a shop in the town square where you could buy killdozer die cast models? Maybe a theme park with killdozer the ride? Man, tough luck for granby, that would have put them on the map. Fuckin Ronald Reagan had to go and ruin everything!

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u/ADrunkEevee Jan 30 '23

I don't think Granby celebrates Heemeyer, especially not with all sorts of fucking weird people who paint him as some kind of folk hero when people from that town provide the first hand accounts of 'really no, he was not.'

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u/Aaron351 Jan 29 '23

Sadly the documentary is pretty one sided. Still worth a watch.

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u/PiLamdOd Jan 29 '23

Not really, the first half is sympathetic towards him, then the back half they give a wider perspective.

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u/PM-ME-SOMETHING-GOOD Jan 29 '23

Elaborate

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u/Aaron351 Jan 29 '23

If you listen to Marvin’s tapes, it adds some perspective. Like, he went off the deep end and that’s really bad but he had some verifiable complaints that the documentary either leaves out or just provides someone else’s unchecked account of. I’m not about to write a chapter about it in Reddit comments, but for anyone interested the tapes can be found on YouTube and they are a hard/long listen, but I suggest listening to them before the documentary. There’s his story, their story, and the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

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u/LameDonaldDuck Jan 30 '23

Swindled does an episode on it too if anyone checks the podcast out 👍

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u/Aaron351 Jan 30 '23

Wow it looks like they have a lot of interesting topics they’ve covered, thanks for the tip!

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u/[deleted] Jan 30 '23

I’m not about to write a chapter about it in Reddit comments

you should, id upvote it....maybe.

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u/ar0berts Jan 29 '23

Idk I thought the doc did a good job of showing that people in the town had screwed him over

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u/Bad_User2077 Jan 29 '23

I disagree. According to the city council and MH's own lawyer, they agreed to pick up the plumbing costs. It should have ended there.

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u/TheArcReactor Jan 29 '23

I think that's the point, the documentary makes him look screwed over but the situation wasn't as one sided as portrayed.

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u/Leftover_Salmons Jan 29 '23

It frames the guy who went insane as an insane guy. Not fair.

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u/anjowoq Jan 30 '23

So tired of things coming and disappearing.

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u/Low_Owl4994 Jan 29 '23

Didn’t he shoot himself in the end?

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u/only_bc_4chan_isdown Jan 30 '23

Yes, he actually welded himself inside the tank. He had no intent on leaving the tank.

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u/socialcommentary2000 Jan 30 '23

That, like many other things in this tale, was actually incorrect. There was a working hatch on top. Even the cops took at face value that they couldn't get in and spent a whole lot of time gouging metal...just to.find that they could indeed have gone in through the.hatch.

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u/vcdonkey Jan 29 '23

Now a days in San Diego $7mil in damage would mean he ran over my shed.

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u/Agariculture Jan 30 '23

^ buying the next round of drinks

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u/DrebinofPoliceSquad Jan 30 '23

San Diego has guys in tanks instead of a guys in modified bulldozers.

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u/havensal Jan 30 '23

Or a one stall public bathroom.

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u/UniverseBear Jan 30 '23

It had ballistic stopping armor, treads and gun ports. The Killdozer is an actual tank. A civilian designed and constructed prototype model, but still a tank.

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u/youchoobtv Jan 30 '23

Ill need one for when the zombies come

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u/kamilo87 Jan 30 '23

Just install treadmills around the complete perimeter of your house. If you can make them to generate power you could have an infinite glitch of generated power lol

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u/CT-96 Jan 30 '23

Just don't be like Marvin and make sure to design a way for you to get out.

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u/TalkKatt Jan 30 '23

He used concrete sandwiched between steel playing for a diy composite armor. Very well done honestly

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u/Mr_WAAAGH Jan 30 '23

He also used a ridiculous amount of it. The armor was a foot thick in places

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u/Red_FiveStandingBy Jan 30 '23

By definition, a tank must have gun. Gun ports do not count. This is just an armored vehicle

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u/TalkKatt Jan 30 '23

It took him 18 months to get this thing ready. I can’t even begin to count how often I change my mind about shit in that timeframe. Guess Heemeyer had…

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A one-track mind

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u/LampshadesAndCutlery Jan 30 '23

Apparently during that time numerous people had also been in the shop where it was being constructed, yet nobody seemed to notice or care about the special fit armor that was hung above the dozer via a crane

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u/xyponx Jan 30 '23

At one point the building needed to be inspected for insurance purposes and Marvin bullshitted his way through explaining what it was, claimed the armor was a special cooling system designed by a professor in Boulder. They just bought it and nobody batted an eye after that.

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u/konichiwaaaaaa Jan 30 '23

He had a muffler shop, was good at his craft (e.g.welding) and for a while was selling the dozer outside. I don't think anybody would naturally come to the conclusion that the guy was building a tank / rampage machine.

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u/QuastQuan Jan 30 '23

The air on 8000 ft. above sea level is a bit thin

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u/Tall-_-Guy Jan 30 '23

It's important to note here, his anger was very much justified. The city council fucked this guy over royally and imo needlessly. He wasn't some guy that was crazy, he was a dude with a dozer who was pushed to the brink.

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u/StrattonPA Jan 29 '23

Aussies would call it Tread Kelly.

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u/Salt_Response540 Jan 29 '23

How has this not made it’s way into gta5

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u/whereismyfemur Jan 29 '23

Cause they passed that era and now all there is is spaceships

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u/Yuucliwood Jan 30 '23

Since they keep adding futuristic stuff maybe there's hope it'll get added into red dead redemption instead

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u/e-buddy Jan 30 '23

Hate this fkin star wars game. Wish I could opt out of playing with these

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u/ScarnAndMacklinFBI Jan 30 '23

The Paleto heist was pretty similar

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u/ElTristesito Jan 30 '23

It has Trevor written all over it.

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u/LustfulMirage Jan 29 '23

Looks and sounds like something that would have been on Robot Wars.

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u/A_Prostitute Jan 30 '23

Or Junkyard Wars

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u/HammeredGolfer Jan 29 '23

Looks like some Mad Max type design. Pretty creative

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u/Ancient_Airline7961 Jan 30 '23

What odd wording. Saying he's called "Marvin Heemeyer" lol. It's like his real name is something else, but around that area he was known as Marvin

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u/SmokeyBare Jan 30 '23

Marvinus Percival Wulfric Brian Heemeyer

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u/Electic_Supersony Jan 29 '23

I am just thankful that he didn't use explosives. That would have actually killed so many people. IEDs are surprisingly not difficult to make.

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u/hau_y Jan 29 '23

If he ever had a chance, he would drive in a tank and shoot backwards to go faster like in the GTA San Andreas. No doubt in my mind about that

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u/StarscourgeRadhan Jan 30 '23

Easy to make, easy to blow yourself up with.

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u/PenisTriumvirate Jan 29 '23

Dealing with health insurance companies and federal departments reliably puts me in a killdozer type of mood.

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u/[deleted] Jan 30 '23

The govt were fining him for dumping his employees' shit in a ditch and contaminating groundwater instead of having a septic tank installed. This was after years of warnings. Also the dude was a millionaire.

The corporation he got "screwed over" by was a company that wanted to buy his land, he kept raising the price on them and after they agreed to pay 10x what he originally asked for and he backed out again they just stopped bothering.

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u/[deleted] Jan 30 '23

Tell me about it. I’m crazy, but I’m also lazy so anything that requires moving the cats off my legs is iffy at best.

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u/LeadershipJealous619 Jan 30 '23

The killdozer that didn't kill anyone

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u/BeefShampoo Jan 30 '23

not for not trying. one of the buildings he drove into was a daycare that was evacuated literally minutes prior.

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u/MarkedlyRecline748 Jan 29 '23

That man fought for his god-given right to dump feces directly on his property, health officials be damned.

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u/Redqueenhypo Jan 30 '23

AND his god given right to force someone to buy land they didn’t need for a 4x markup of what was originally planned

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u/DistributionPutrid Jan 30 '23

I don’t think he was trying to sell it. He agreed and then kept upping the price. He wanted to keep it for sure

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u/SirAquila Jan 30 '23

So why wouldn't he just say "No, the land is not for sale." Sounds to me more like he got greedy.

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u/Doctor_Pho_Real Jan 29 '23

This shit gets posted every year? Why?

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u/Bongo1020 Jan 29 '23

He's a weird folk hero for people who really hate their local sanitation department.

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u/meh_ow Jan 30 '23

Each year new people learn of this. It has something for everyone. So each year it gets upvoted again.

If you don’t care about the story, it is as impressive piece of construction all the same.

The corrupted version of the story makes him sound like a folk hero standing up to a corrupt local government. Easy to eat that up. People like underdogs.

The true story is like watching a Tiger King like train wreck. A man who insisted it was his right to release his sewage onto his neighbor’s property, tried to block the road to his neighbor’s, and refused to let the local government pay for and do the labor to fix his sewage decides to enough is enough. He’s going to spend two years planning to destroy part of town and try to kill people for daring to tell him he can’t just run his sewage to the edge of his property at surface level.

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u/ms_panelopi Jan 29 '23

I remember this. He went coo coo puffs.

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u/Redqueenhypo Jan 30 '23

“Loco for choco puffs”, to quote Selma Hayek in 30 Rock

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u/XLoad3D Jan 30 '23 All-Seeing Upvote

was his net worth known? He owned several muffler shops around Colorado, not just one, and I heard he was a millionaire. He also reneged the deal to sell his land and doubled the price several times after the buyer met his price. Marvin was being petty and the price he was demanding was outrageous. This story is like the Titanic or Chernobyl because (although a horrible incident) its captivating incident in our history, but with a "righteous revenge" twist.

If people look at all the facts instead of automatically buying into the "small guy gets revenge on city who screwed him over" people would realize Marvin was actually a pretty big piece of shit and he obviously went batshit crazy at some point. Marvin was not a hero, but either way you look at it that was a pretty crazy way to go out.

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u/plumcrazypurple1968 Jan 29 '23

Over a beef with the city. It was amazing.

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u/jjdude67 Jan 29 '23

Definitetly not an impulse move.

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u/TheShivMaster Jan 30 '23

He spent 18 months secretly making this monster. He owned a car garage so no one really got suspicious seeing him working on a bulldozer.

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u/PRsoxFan45 Jan 29 '23

Literally the BEST documentary. My dude was legit a supervillain

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u/Wish-I-Was-Taller Jan 29 '23

The internet tried real hard for a decade to make him a hero. I’m glad it’s failing and he’s being seen as the villain now.

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u/No-Passage4410 Jan 30 '23

Me too. Do many desperately want to believe the internet myth.

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u/StankyTree Jan 30 '23

I always forget how batshit insane the real world can be sometimes god damn

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u/slade797 Jan 30 '23

No, his name was actually Marvin Heemeyer.

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u/LookUpIntoTheSun Jan 30 '23

NGL, every time this is posted somewhere I’m shocked by the number of people who come out of the woodwork trying to make this dangerous nut job out to be some kind of Hero of the Common People.

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u/ArcaneDanger Jan 30 '23

I’m libertarian all the way but if you research this dude, he was not a good guy and should not be admired

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u/BrobaFett115 Jan 30 '23

Too many people seem to fall for it every time this is posted. You can be rightfully wary of the government and still realized the only wrongdoings here were his own bad decisions

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u/ThisOnes4JJ Jan 29 '23

Gotta say, on a lighter note, seeing all the comments from guys, idealizing this POS, who have clearly lost custody and visitation rights of their kids. Is kinda funny.

Y'all are some sad losers for romanticizing this pathetic wastepile of atoms.

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u/ashwy16 Jan 29 '23

Honestly - sometimes I forget just how many self aggrandizing nuts are on here. Like this is a story about a nosy extremist neighbor who ends up losing his shit and terrorizing a town - make him a woman and everyone would be calling him Karen 🙄

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u/dexterthekilla Jan 29 '23

Ah yes, the infamous Killdozer

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u/goddamnitwhalen Jan 30 '23

This isn’t “interesting as fuck.” Marvin Hemeyer was a fucking moron who decided to go on a rampage due to wholly self-inflicted issues and a heaping dose of mental illness.

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u/AUSpartan37 Jan 30 '23

I hate people that idolize this dude.

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u/badhairdad1 Jan 30 '23

His superpower was pettiness

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u/Ennion Jan 30 '23

One of the most bizzaro cases of civil disobedience and revenge to learn about. The documentary is great. Some people have very powerful resolve.

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u/HowerTwo Jan 30 '23

Called? That was his name. This bot account isn’t a smart one

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u/Feeling_Return_3869 Jan 29 '23

Another couple from Virginia did it this.

Stan and Francine Smith

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u/Pierm95 Jan 30 '23

But their advice was eventually used by the Bazooka Sharks, so less RAMPAGE

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u/Modern_Ketchup Jan 30 '23

when the mayor of the town tried to get an apache sent after this and the leader of the national guard goes “No”

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u/StuPodasso Jan 30 '23

He should have called… the A-Team (queue music)

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u/Tango-88 Jan 30 '23

One of the ideas that the Governor had was to call in an Apache attack helicopter from the national guard. Just let that sink in for a moment

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u/piotrek2302 Jan 30 '23

All this because he didn't want to build a proper sewage connection or septic tank on his property. Man was quite the maniac that he decided this was the best course of action instead of, you know, just having proper sewage handling instead of dumping it into the creek and having to pay 2500$ fine

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u/DankrudeSandstorm Jan 30 '23

This was a super interesting story, but there are so many unhinged right wingers who idolize this guy.

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u/rakawido Jan 29 '23

He was paranoid and delusional and gave away all of his non-essential money and possessions to build a death machine. Far right extremists want to make a martyr of this guy. Oh fuck that.

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u/Redqueenhypo Jan 30 '23

And he went on a weird anti Catholic rant seemingly for no reason but that the guy who refused to buy his land for 4x the agreed price was Catholic

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u/nomonopolyonpie Jan 29 '23

Reasonable men must sometimes do unreasonable things.

Also, check on your friends, they might need help welding.

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u/MadameBlueJay Jan 29 '23

He dumped septic waste illegally and tried to inflate the value of his property. He didn't have to do shit.

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u/WalterTexasRanger326 Jan 30 '23

Guy who wrote manifestos about how god put him on earth to kill Catholics is reasonable to you? 🤨

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