U.S.|Surf Instructor Killed His Children and Claimed QAnon Made Him Do It, F.B.I. Says
Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, of Santa Barbara, Calif., abducted his 2-year-old lad and 10-month-old girl and took them to Mexico, the authorities said.
Aug. 12, 2021, 5:31 a.m. ET
A California surfing teacher confessed to sidesplitting his 2 children with a spearfishing weapon aft abducting them, telling investigators that his content successful the conspiracy theories known arsenic QAnon made him bash it, the authorities said connected Wednesday.
The father, Matthew Taylor Coleman, of Santa Barbara, drove his 2-year-old-son and 10-month-old girl to Mexico implicit the play and fatally changeable them connected Monday, according to an F.B.I. investigator.
In a nine-page transgression affidavit that was filed successful U.S. District Court successful Los Angeles connected Wednesday, the F.B.I. peculiar cause wrote that Mr. Coleman told the authorities that helium knew what helium did was wrong, but that it was the lone people of enactment that would prevention the world.
“M. Coleman stated that helium believed his children were going to turn into monsters truthful helium had to termination them,” the peculiar agent, Jennifer Bannon, wrote. “M. Coleman explained that helium was enlightened by QAnon and Illuminati conspiracy theories and was receiving visions and signs revealing that his wife, A.C., possessed serpent DNA and had passed it connected to his children.”
Mr. Coleman described himself arsenic an adherent of QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy question whose followers hold, falsely, that a cabal of Democrats and coastal elites prosecute successful pedophilia and worship Satan. The conspiracy question has been the taxable of warnings by the F.B.I. that its followers could edifice to violence.
Mr. Coleman, 40, was charged connected Wednesday with overseas execution of U.S. nationals and remains successful national custody, the authorities said.
A national nationalist defender who represented Mr. Coleman astatine a detention proceeding connected Wednesday successful national tribunal successful Los Angeles, wherever helium was ordered held without bond, did not instantly respond to a petition for comment. Mr. Coleman is scheduled for arraignment connected Aug. 31.
Mr. Coleman is the laminitis of Lovewater, a surfing schoolhouse successful Santa Barbara that offers backstage and radical lessons, successful summation to surf therapy. A biography connected the company’s website described him arsenic a champion surfer and younker mentor who enjoys spearfishing and sailing. The website features photos of Mr. Coleman with his woman and 2 children.
Investigators said that Mr. Coleman’s woman archetypal contacted the Santa Barbara Police Department connected Saturday, the aforesaid time that Mr. Coleman drove disconnected with the couple’s children successful their Mercedes Sprinter van and did not accidental wherever helium was going. The household was expected to spell camping, and Mr. Coleman did not respond to his wife’s substance messages, the authorities said.
Using the “find my phone” relation connected her laptop, Mr. Coleman’s woman learned connected Sunday that helium was successful Rosarito, Mexico, a formation municipality astir 16 miles southbound of the borderline metropolis of Tijuana, according to the transgression affidavit.
On Monday, it showed that Mr. Coleman was inactive successful Mexico and was adjacent the San Ysidro Port of Entry, wherever different F.B.I. cause interviewed him erstwhile helium attempted to transverse backmost into the United States, the authorities said. There was nary motion of his children, according to investigators, who said that they had recovered humor connected the vehicle’s registration papers.
The bodies of Mr. Coleman’s 2 children — identified successful tribunal records lone by their initials: The miss was R.C. and the lad was K.C. — were recovered successful a ditch by Mexican authorities, and they had ample puncture wounds to their thorax cavities, the F.B.I. said. In the affidavit, investigators wrote that Mr. Coleman told them that helium had discarded the spearfishing weapon successful a creek and his bloody apparel successful a trash bin astatine the broadside of a roadworthy successful Tijuana.
Investigators said that Mr. Coleman told them that his lad was inactive live aft helium changeable him with the spearfishing weapon and that helium continued to determination the spear around. He told an F.B.I. cause that helium had fired the spearfishing weapon into his daughter’s heart, the authorities said.