Marvin Heemeyer of Granby, Colorado was a profoundly frustrated muffler repair man. His business was ruined by some shady zoning changes, and Heemeyer contended that mayor and city council were corrupt. Even as he was forced to give up his legal fight and sell his land, he hatched one last plan to secretly retool his muffler shop to serve a single malevolent purpose: to construct a machine that would allow him to exact his revenge upon those who had wronged him. Heemeyer first became enamored with the state of Colorado when he was stationed there in the Air Force. After his service ended, he moved to Grand Lake, Colorado and opened a small chain of muffler shops in the surrounding cities. After a while he began to lease some of the shops out to other operators, but kept one, Mountain View Muffler in Granby, to operate himself. Heemeyer became involved with politics almost immediately upon establishing his home in Colorado. There were some, however, who were more familiar with his volatile temperament.
Muffler shop owner fortified a bulldozer and took it on an unforgettable ride through Granby
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. In the summer of , Marvin Heemeyer fortified a bulldozer with armor and stormed the town of Granby, immediately rolling into Colorado history. To many — particularly those of a libertarian stripe — he is a legend: Wronged by government and journalists, Heemeyer set out in his Killdozer to wreak his revenge on the system. The man who obliterated a newspaper office, a town hall, a concrete plant, a hardware store and a library, among other businesses all while being shot at by law enforcement , and ultimately killed himself has become something of a folk hero, to the disdain of many Granby residents who suffered through the rampage.
But he opened a muffler repair business in Granby, in , after moving to the county. He immediately got politically involved in issues. He was initially involved in trying to support the effort to bring legalized gambling to Grand Lake. That fight was very public. It went through the Granby town board. But he ultimately lost his lawsuit. There were a few sliding steel doors so he could see where he was shooting.
Marvin John Heemeyer October 28, — June 4, was an American welder and an automobile muffler repair shop owner who demolished numerous buildings with a modified bulldozer in Granby , Colorado on June 4, Heemeyer had feuded with Granby town officials, particularly over fines for violating city health ordinances when he chose to dump sewage from his business instead of installing a proper septic tank. His feud came to a head on June 4, Over about eighteen months Heemeyer had secretly modified a Komatsu DA bulldozer by adding layers of steel and concrete , intended to serve as armor. His friends stated that he had no relatives in the Granby—Grand Lake area. John Bauldree, a friend of Heemeyer's, said that he was a likable person. Heemeyer's brother Ken stated that he "would bend over backwards for anyone. In , Heemeyer purchased 2 acres 0.