A 52-year-old Marvin Heemeyer of Granby, Colorado, was a muffle repairer who owned a small chain of muffler shop at Grand Lake.
In 1992, he bought land and built shops, but after a while, he leased some of the shops to other operators, leaving one for himself.
Marvin was generally loved by everyone, and he was known to be one who would go any length to secure the happiness of others. However, he had a toxic trait that involved doing anything to destroy whoever he saw as his enemy.
Years after establishing his business in the city, a family (Docheff) who owned a concrete company approached Marvin for business.
The family had asked Marvin to sell his last muffler shop to them to build a concrete batch plant on the land. Although Marvin agreed to sell the land, he found it difficult to agree with the company on a suitable purchasing price.
A public record revealed that Marvin had bought the land for $42,000. Still, since land appreciation is inevitable, the Docheff family promised to buy the land for $250,000.
However, negotiation became unstable when Marvin raised the price to $375,000 and, at a later time, raised it to $1 million.
Rather than wait for Marvin to get over his indecision, the company went to the city council and requested that the council rezone the land surrounding Marvin’s shop.
In an interview with the Sky-Hi News, Susie Docheff revealed:
“I just think he set things up to the point where you would have to say no. He probably set you up to say ‘no’ just so he could get mad at you.”
It was known to everyone that Marvin had been using the surrounding land for over nine years as a shortcut between his muffler shop and his home.
So zoning the land for the construction of a concrete plant would cut off the only route to his shop. Initially, Marvin had tried all he could to ensure that his interests were protected in the rezoning process.
Still, his fears became a reality when the town zoning commission and trustees approved the rezoning request in 2001.
Asides hindering his means of income, the council also fined him for not having his shop hooked to the sewer line and for the ‘junk cars’ on his property.
With a pronounced optimism, Marvin appealed the decision and also gathered signatures to petition against the plant, but all were dismissed.