A California surf school owner allegedly murdered his own children after being “enlightened by QAnon and Illuminati conspiracy theories,” federal officials reported just yesterday.
Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, is facing charges of foreign murder in the killings of children, including his 2-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter.
A law enforcement affidavit filed in court revealed that Coleman confessed to killing his children with a spearfishing gun in Mexico, informing FBI agents “he believed his children were going to grow into monsters so he had to kill them.”
Coleman, who owned the Lovewater Surf School with his wife, informed officials that he was “enlightened by QAnon and Illuminati conspiracy theories” and believed his wife “possessed serpent DNA and had passed it onto his children.”
“M. Coleman was asked whether he knew what he did was wrong,” Special Agent Jennifer Bannon wrote in the affidavit. “M. Coleman stated that he knew it was wrong, but it was the only course of action that would save the world.”
QAnon is a collective that worships Satan and operates a global child trafficking network. Some QAnon believers think the cabal is made up of lizard people, an older conspiracy theory with links to antisemitism.
It is not clear just how long Coleman was mesmerized by the delusion. His wife reported him and their two children as missing after he took off with them in the family’s Mercedes-Benz van on Saturday with the children.
She informed Santa Barbara police that the family had planned to go on a camping trip, but instead, Coleman had left with the children and didn’t tell her where he was going.
His wife was worried as he did not have a car seat for either child, but she didn’t think he would harm the children.
She asked an officer to contact Coleman by phone, but he did not respond. She then informed police she did not have any problems with her husband and that they did not have an argument before he left.
This past week, FBI agents found Coleman’s phone in Mexico near the San Ysidro border crossing. And at about 1 p.m., Coleman arrived at the border alone in the family van. Federal agents then seized the vehicle and took Coleman in for questioning.
After waiving his Miranda rights, Coleman admitted to agents he drove the children to Mexico on Saturday and placed his baby daughter in a box because he didn’t have a car seat.
And around 5 a.m., he pulled off the side of the road in the area of Rancho del Cielo in Baja California and then allegedly shot both children with the spearfishing gun, according to the affidavit.
Coleman then moved the children’s bodies about 30 yards away and left them in some brush before driving a couple of miles to discard the spearfishing gun and bloody clothes in a creek. The children’s bodies with puncture wounds in their chests in the area.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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