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'Killdozer:' The Story Of Man So Outraged By Government He Bulldozed Town

By Lauren Gilger, Paige Phelps
Published: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 4:55pm
Updated: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 8:37pm
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"KILLDOZER: The True Story of the Colorado Bulldozer Rampage" by Patrick Brower

Patrick Brower was the publisher and managing editor at the local newspaper in the small town of Granby, Colorado, when rumors started swirling in town about “gunplay and a tank.” Then, on June 4, 2004, those rumors came true. Someone had fortified a bulldozer with concrete and was headed his way. Brower remembers the day vividly.

Brower nicknamed the bulldozer the “Killdozer” and has written a book about that day its driver, a local man named Marv Heemeyer.

So, what led Heemeyer to build his tank? Three years prior, he protested the building of a concrete batch plant next to his muffler shop. He had tried to sell his own land to the concrete plant owners but never could make a deal.

When it finally fell through, Heemeyer vowed to fight the plant through city hall.

It’s a tragedy that grabbed headlines because of its oddball nature. A man was so outraged by his town’s government, that he literally bulldozed the town.

Well, in the wake of the incident and his death, Heemeyer aso became something of a folk hero in anti-government circles. And that’s what Brower says disturbs him most.

To him, it was the beginning of the so-called “post-truth” era that we’re living in now, where facts are not accepted as facts, and government is assumed to be the enemy.

That was author Patrick Brower, whose book "KILLDOZER: The True Story of the Colorado Bulldozer Rampage" is out now.

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