On June 4th, 2004, the small town of Granby, Colorado, found itself the site of a war zone. That afternoon – as police and emergency workers watched helplessly – an armored bulldozer operated by a disturbed man wrecked havoc throughout town, smashing through buildings, crushing cars, and firing indiscriminately at police and civilians alike.
This act of violence was not spur-of-the-moment. The man behind this bizarre series of events had endured year after year of mistreatment, trickery, and bureaucratic wrongdoing which had destroyed his livelihood and his business – and he thoroughly cited all of it in a manifesto recorded before his actions.
But even today, this man’s actions have left a lasting impact on history – an impact that has been highly polarized. Some see him as an American hero standing up to a corrupt government who was out to screw over an honest businessman. Others see him as a violent criminal, hell-bent on terrorizing his community because things didn’t go his way.
But no matter what this man was – a hero or a villain – the effects of his legacy are impossible to deny. Since his rampage 17 years ago, some of his admirers have elevated him to godhood, dedicating themselves and their lives to carrying on what he started. And that alone is enough to warrant looking into this man, his life, and his legacy. This is the story of Marvin Heemeyer… read more >