In the recent Manifesto post, a commenter doubted whether right wing extremism is a thing. It is and generally looks like the culprit is righting a wrong as opposed to inciting rebellion or, God help them, signaling virtue. A splendid (if dated) example quickly pinged my radar. How did I ever miss the story of Marvin Heemeyer and his Killdozer?
Behold the face of
a Mad Max movie! right wing extremism. Premeditated, directed and provoked, here, by frustration with City Hall… or should we call it City Crater?
Marvin’s face was Sun shape, egg-shaped with the slightly pointier end at his chin. Such people are socially neutral; if invited to the party, they’re great fun, but if not invited, they don’t feel left out. They tend to have only a few strong principles but overreact to the violation of them. Very easygoing so long as one knows where not to step.
Lots of right angles to his eyes, nose ears and mouth, so a very disciplined and logical type. The picture is a bit vague but he appears to have the visionary triangle: a line across the bridge of the nose plus two arcing lines between the brows, making a triangle. It indicates creativity. This face won’t scream at you but might spend two years building a battletank for renegotiating a land dispute in tiny Granby, Colorado, deep in the Rocky Mountains.
Marvin John Heemeyer (October 28, 1951 – June 4, 2004) was an American skilled welder and owner of an automobile muffler shop. On June 4, 2004, frustrated over a failed zoning dispute, Heemeyer plowed his homemade armored bulldozer into the town hall, a former mayor’s home and other buildings in small-town Granby, Colorado. When the bulldozer’s radiator and hydraulic system failed, he killed himself with a shotgun. Heemeyer used an armor-plated Komatsu D355A bulldozer to destroy 13 buildings in Granby, Colorado.
Heemeyer had been feuding with officials and individuals in Granby, particularly over fines for violating city ordinances and a zoning dispute regarding a concrete factory constructed opposite his muffler shop that destroyed his business. Heemeyer is notable partly because his rampage made the national news and also because some have cast him as an anti-establishment folk hero.
Heemeyer lived in Grand Lake, about 16 miles away from Granby. According to a citizen who knew him, Heemeyer moved to town about 10 years prior to the incident. Friends of Heemeyer believed that he had no immediate family in the Granby-Grand Lake area.
Other sources confirm Heemeyer never married. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam years, 1969-????.
John Bauldree, a friend of Marvin’s, said that Heemeyer was a fun-loving guy who liked to play hard and work hard. Ken Heemeyer said his brother Marvin “would bend over backwards for anyone.” While many people described Heemeyer as a likeable guy, others said he was not someone to cross. Christie Baker told the Denver Post that Heemeyer threatened her husband after he refused to pay for some muffler work.
Other sources claim Mr. Baker repaid the approx. $150 via intermediary. So far, consistent with my reading.
Heemeyer bought two acres of land from the Resolution Trust Corp., the federal agency set up to handle the assets of failed savings and loan institutions. He bought the land for $42,000 subsequently agreeing to sell it to the Docheff family, which wanted the property for a concrete batch plant. The agreed upon price was $250,000 but according to Susan Docheff, he changed his mind and upped the price to $375,000 and at some later point demanded a deal worth approximately $1 million. This negotiation happened well before the rezoning proposal was proposed to the town council.
I found no context for this part and presume Heemeyer was trying to make enough to guarantee a comfortable retirement in lieu of close family. That, or the Docheffs stepped on one of his principles.
*checks* The Docheffs are a regional dynasty of dairy farmers with about five generations’ history in central Colorado.
“I just think he set things up to the point where you would have to say no.'” said Susie Docheff in an interview with the Sky-Hi News. “He probably set you up to say no’ just so he could get mad at you.”
Unlikely. He most likely wanted to sell; speculation, he got a competing offer that fell through.
Business owner is sentenced to five years in prison for stalking
28 March 2012
An east Longmont electrician and son of a prominent dairy family in the area will spend the next few years in prison and parole for a stalking conviction in February.
Weld District Court Judge Thomas Quammen on Wednesday sentenced John Docheff, 50, owner of Docheff Electrical Service in east Longmont, to five years in prison followed by two years of parole in a case in which a fight with his wife last July escalated to stalking through November while they were involved in a divorce. Docheff filed for divorce in August. His home and business sits just east of the county line separating Boulder and Weld counties.
Granby is in Grand County, two counties west of Weld.
Docheff, who is one of five sons of the prominent Docheff dairy family in Longmont, was visibly upset at the prison sentence, muttering, “Son of a bitch,” as Quammen discussed his sentence. A deputy had to drag him out of the courtroom as he continued to try to talk to his large family, who was there to support him. The maximum sentence he could have faced was eight years. …
Quammen expressed surprise at Docheff’s criminal history, replete with third-degree assault and domestic violence charges in Boulder County, and that he always receives deferred sentences.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a case where every case for which he was charged … he was received deferred judgment and sentences,” Quammen said. “There doesn’t seem to me that there has been much, in terms of any punitive sanctions for all these past incidents.”
Quammen said Docheff was still serving a deferred sentence for another domestic violence crime at the time of this crime, which made the case that much more aggravating.
Docheff was convicted in February of the felony stalking charge and two misdemeanor charges of obstruction of telephone service and criminal mischief for the events involving his wife of two years. A jury acquitted him of a felony menacing charge.
They aren’t all bad. Joe Docheff, currently managing a dairy farm and John’s brother, has been sticking to his guns in water rights disputes against Boulder County municipalities as recently as January 2019. The Leftoids who ruined the water supplies of California shouldn’t be allowed to do the same in Colorado. However, the fact that Joe CAN fight against the Leftoids is proof that his family has serious clout in Colorado. I have family stories from Washington State about how furiously the Leftoids are “socializing” the ownership of groundwater in the Western US.
In 2001, the zoning commission and the town’s trustees approved the construction of a cement manufacturing plant. Heemeyer appealed the decisions unsuccessfully. For many years, Heemeyer had used the adjacent property as a way to get to his muffler shop. The plan for the cement plant blocked that access. In addition to the frustration engendered by this dispute over access, Heemeyer was fined $2,500 by the Granby government for various violations, including “junk cars on the property and not being hooked up to the sewer line”. Heemeyer sought to cross 8 feet of the concrete plant’s property to hook up with the sewer line.
Having failed to secure Heemeyer’s land, the Docheffs got a neighboring property rezoned & purchased knowing it would cause Heemeyer heartburn. I doubt the siting of a concrete plant was that location-critical.
There’s a legal requirement that all properties must have access to a public right of way. If the sale of this land closed off access to Heemeyer’s property then the zoning commission acted illegally. The subsequent fine for junk cars (at a muffler shop?) and no sewer line (I presume Marvin didn’t live in his shop) reeks of pay-to-play at the Planning Commission.
Incidentally, Marvin’s $2,500 check had “cowards” printed on the memo line.
As a last measure, Marvin petitioned the city with his neighbors and friends, but to no avail. He couldn’t function without the sewer line and the cooperation of the town.
Marvin may have had few friends yet clearly was not a psychotic hermit sitting in his own filth. “Couldn’t function without the sewer line” is vague; I presume his business was declared noncompliant because it had no sewer line because he wasn’t allowed to build one.
…With the bulldozer he bought for the job around this time.
Soon, Heemeyer leased his business to a trash company.
Hence my ‘noncompliant business’ suspicion. He wasn’t allowed to continue operating in a zoning catch-22 so he began cashing out. Here’s another paragraph description of the zoning issue from the same article:
On top of that, Heemeyer was fined $2,500 by the fine Granby government for various violations, including “junk cars on the property and not being hooked up to the sewer line”. Heemeyer sought to cross 8 feet of their property (the concrete plant’s) to hook up with the sewer line. He wanted to install the sewer line, but because the town let the concrete plant in, and the plant would not allow Heemeyer to cross their land with the pipes, he had no way out. He couldn’t function without the sewer line and the cooperation of the town. In April 2002, Judge Richard Doucette dismissed Heemeyer’s case. When he paid the fine, he enclosed a note with his check saying “Cowards”.
Doucette was an FBI special agent for five years out of law school. He retired as a judge in 2003, lucky fellow, and reportedly now works in mediation. Continuing in original sequence,
Heemeyer ended up selling the property several months prior to the rampage. The new owners gave Heemeyer six months to leave, and it was apparently during this time that he began modifying his bulldozer. Heemeyer had bought a bulldozer two years before the incident with the intention of using it to build an alternative route to his muffler shop, but city officials rejected his request to build the road. Heemeyer complained the concrete plant had left dust on, and blocked access to, his business.
Notes found by investigators after the rampage indicate that the primary motivation for Heemeyer’s bulldozer rampage was his fight to stop a concrete plant from being built near his shop. The notes suggested Heemeyer nursed grudges over the zoning issue. “I was always willing to be reasonable until I had to be unreasonable,” Heemeyer scribbled. “Sometimes reasonable men must do unreasonable things.”
“This is MY home, MY life and MY work” was probably one of his tightly-held principles.
Heemeyer took about a year and a half to prepare for his rampage. … On June 4, 2004, Heemeyer drove his armored bulldozer through the wall of his former business, the concrete plant, the Town Hall, the office of the local newspaper that editorialized against him, the home of a former judge’s widow, and a hardware store owned by another man Heemeyer named in a lawsuit, as well as others. Owners of all the buildings that were damaged had some connection to Heemeyer’s disputes.
Grand County Commissioner Duane Daley said Heemeyer apparently used a video camera and two monitors found inside to guide the dozer. Authorities speculated Heemeyer may have used a homemade crane found in his garage to lower the armor hull over the dozer and himself. “Once he tipped that lid shut, he knew he wasn’t getting out,” Daly said. Investigators searched the garage where they believe Heemeyer built the vehicle and found cement, armor and steel.
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 killed.
Police used over 200 rounds and three grenades down the exhaust pipes to stop Killdozer without success. Or dent. The plating was concrete sandwiched between two half-inch steel plates. Cody Docheff came closest to defeating Killdozer when he defended his family’s concrete plant with his own loader. Ain’t no cowards in the Docheff family.
No deaths had to have been intentional, although there are reports of Heemeyer firing at police trying to stop him. And at Cody Docheff, no surprise. He also took potshots at power transformers and the gas station tanks with his .50BMG through gunports. While inside a thirty-ton steel can? I bet his corpse was bleeding from the ears.
“God built me for this job,” Heemeyer said in the first recording made on April 13, 2004. He even said it was God’s plan that he not be married or have 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,” he said.
Not likely. However, this is a splendid reason why corrupt Elites hate MGTOW in general. We just don’t have much to lose. Not only are we free to snap… we’re free to WALK AWAY. Heemeyer had the skills to start over elsewhere. The best revenge is a life well lived, not an armored rampage on the six o’clock news.
But according to some sources, Heemeyer was diagnosed with cancer at the same time he started welding Killdozer so maybe he couldn’t walk away and start over. Although his autopsy was reportedly clean.
Heemeyer’s actions were apparently a political statement. In the audio tapes, he states “Because of your anger, because of your malice, because of your hate, you would not work with me. I am going to sacrifice my life, my miserable future that you gave me, to show you that what you did is wrong”.
No, it was undeniably personal. That’s a left-right difference. To the Lefty, it’s all about politics, all about the Narrative, all about being popular (postmortem). To the Rightie, it’s all about retaliation. Personal. You did me wrong and I’m not letting it go.
Investigators later found Heemeyer’s handwritten list of targets. It was not just a list of buildings and businesses, police say. His list also contained the names of at least 10 individuals and a local Catholic Church.
Coverage of Heemeyer’s rampage in the print and broadcast media was almost universally negative. However, some see him as a David and Goliath-style folk hero, and many Web sites celebrate him as an anti-government patriot.
Heemeyer’s rampage didn’t kill anybody but himself. One wonders if there might have been a more efficient form of revenge but none can deny his style or mad welding skillz. But justice did come later:
Front row, left to right: County Commissioner James Newberry, Gov. Bill Owens , Granby Mayor Ted Wang and Ex Dir (CO Dept of Local Affairs) Michael Beasley
Granby mayor doesn’t really want to hear all voices
20 March 2008
To the Editor:
I was interested to read that Mayor Ted Wang’s proposal to ban future pawnshops and tattoo parlors in downtown Granby was based on his desire to listen to the voice of every citizen. He said a “half-dozen” people had commented about such businesses to him and he felt their voices, even if a minority, should be heard. He has since rescinded his request to ban such businesses in the wake of a large public outcry against his proposal.
…I had asked the board to consider three options for providing sewage treatment to my new home that was under construction east of Granby. The town has some authority over what types of sewage treatment I am allowed to provide even though my home is in the county and not within the town limits of Granby.
My wife and I were barely half way through our presentation to the board when Mayor Wang piped up, interrupted my wife and said he had heard enough about the options for my house. Our presentation was cut short and we didn’t have a chance to present completely our point of view to the board of trustees. His interruption could have cost us a considerable sum of money since two of the options being considered by the board would have required us to complete considerable extra work and spend lots of cash.
…I urge a vote for positive change in the upcoming municipal election.
This is only a letter to the editor but remember how Heemeyer’s zoning issues were also about sewage disposal? Turns out this was Wang’s first term as mayor but he also served 15 years in the Planning Commission.
Granby’s mayor fights for job as 475 vote in recall election
April 4, 2006
Granby – Mayor Ted Wang, who rose to national prominence after a madman destroyed much of the town with an armored bulldozer, was fighting a recall election Tuesday brought by disgruntled business owners.
Ballot counters worked late into the night to handle the unprecedented municipal-election turnout of about 475 voters with no preliminary results available.
Kirk Arnold, a lead proponent of the recall and the only alternative candidate if it passes, said the effort has at least created a discussion about the direction the town is headed.
“That was one of the main objectives was to get people involved,” said Arnold, who owns an insurance company and claimed Wang’s personal style – more than the substance of any decision – is detrimental to town affairs.
Wang, a former ski patroller and business owner who retired when he was elected two years ago, became the public face of the town after disgruntled resident Marvin Heemeyer went on a suicidal bulldozer rampage in June 2004, destroying the town hall, library and numerous other buildings.
“I have always kept the town’s best interests at heart,” Wang said in his official statement against the recall that was printed on the ballot. “I weigh the facts carefully, make educated decisions and have done my best to ensure that the people have been informed.”
Wang was not actually removed until he came up for his second term as mayor in the April 2008 election, losing 264-45 to Jynnifer Pirro, Granby’s first female mayor.
Newberry Plead ‘No Contest’ and Resigned From Office in November 2015
Fifth District Attorney’s Office, 8 January 2016
HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS, CO – Former Grand County Commissioner James Newberry today was sentenced to two years supervised probation, ten days in jail and 130 hours of useful public service in the Grand County District Court for embezzlement of public property. He also must pay restitution of $4,841.39.
Newberry, who had been in office since 1996, plead “no contest” (treated by the Court the same as a guilty plea) to embezzlement of public property (a class five felony) in November 2015. As part of the plea agreement Newberry was required to resign from his position and will be barred from running for office during the probation period.
“The public’s trust in government is undermined when elected officials break the law and enrich themselves,” said Fifth Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown. “This sentence shows that no person is above the law and that there are serious consequences for defrauding the government,” Brown added.
Newberry admitted to several instances of double billing Grand County government for mileage reimbursements between 2009 and 2013. The DA filed a misdemeanor case in April 2015 based on evidence of duplicate billings for travel related to Newberry’s work as the Grand County representative to the Colorado River Water District Board.
Local Republicans reportedly requested Newberry’s travel reimbursements, found discrepancies and walked next door to the district attorney. $5k of double billing isn’t much but….
In September 2015 investigators added felony charges when they discovered that Newberry submitted reimbursements for meetings he did not attend at the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments. The additional charges resulted in a fifty three-count complaint.
FIFTY-THREE criminal fraud charges upon formal investigation is a bit much to overlook.
Grand County is in the Fourteenth Judicial District of Colorado, however the District Attorney requested that a “special prosecutor” be named to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. Fifth District Attorney Bruce Brown was appointed to serve as the prosecutor in the Newberry case.
Sounds like serious corruption indeed. Newberry didn’t serve hard time but at least he’s gone.
For eighteen months you built Killdozer, Mr. Heemeyer, knowing it would be your tomb, when all you had to do to hit back was request some records.