Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, faces murder charges overseas in the murder of his 2-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter. According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in court, Coleman confessed to killing his children with a speargun in Mexico, telling FBI agents “that he thought his children were going to become monsters and that he therefore had to kill them ”.
The Santa Barbara man, who owned Lovewater Surf School with his wife, told officials he was “enlightened by the QAnon and Illuminati conspiracy theories” and believed his wife “possessed the DNA of the snake and the ‘had passed on to his children’.
“Mr. Coleman was asked if he knew what he had done was wrong,” Special Agent Jennifer Bannon wrote in the affidavit. “Mr. Coleman said he knew it was wrong, but it was the only solution that would save the world. “
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She told Santa Barbara Police the family planned to go camping, but instead Coleman left with the kids and didn’t tell her where he was going, according to the affidavit. The document notes that his wife was worried because he didn’t have a car seat for either of the children, but she didn’t think he would harm them.
She asked an agent to try to reach Coleman by phone, but he did not answer. She told police that she had not had any issues with her husband and that they had not argued before he left.
On Monday, FBI agents located Coleman’s phone in Mexico near the San Ysidro border crossing. At around 1 p.m. Coleman arrived at the border alone in the family van. Federal agents seized the vehicle and took Coleman away for questioning.
After giving up his Miranda rights, Coleman told officers he drove the kids to Mexico on Saturday and put his baby girl in a box because he didn’t have a car seat. At around 5 a.m., he left the side of the road in the Rancho del Cielo area of Baja California and then allegedly shot the two children with the speargun, according to the affidavit.
He then moved their bodies about 30 meters away and left them in the brush before walking a few miles to throw the speargun and bloody clothes into a cove. Agents from the Secretaría de Seguridad Pública Municipal de Rosarito located the bodies of children with puncture wounds to the chest in the area described by Coleman on Monday morning. Mexican authorities also located the speargun, bloody clothes and a baby blanket.
Coleman was taken to the Santa Ana, Calif., Jail early Tuesday, according to the affidavit.
Information for a defense lawyer was not immediately available.