A California surfing school owner was charged Wednesday with killing his two young children with a spear gun in Mexico because he believed they might become monsters, authorities said. Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, of Santa Barbara is facing a federal charge of the foreign murder of U.S. nationals, the U.S. attorney’s office said during a statement. Coleman confessed to the FBI during an interview that he took his 2-year-old son and a 10-month-old daughter to Rosarito, Mexico, were shot a “spearfishing gun” into their chests, consistent with an affidavit filed by a G-man with the criminal complaint. Coleman said “he believed his children were getting to grow into monsters so he had to kill them,” consistent with the court document.
A farm worker found the children’s bodies on Monday at a ranch near Rosarito in Lower California, authorities there have said. Coleman and therefore the children had checked into a Rosarito hotel on Saturday, but video footage showed them leaving before dawn on Monday, Mexican authorities said. The man returned alone later that morning then left the hotel permanently, authorities said. An iPhone-finding application placed Coleman’s phone in Rosarito on Sunday, and on Monday it had been traced to a neighborhood of Mexico near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, consistent with the affidavit.
Coleman was detained at the border checkpoint, where during an interview with a G-man “he explained that he 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 on to his children,” consistent with the affidavit. He’s accused of dumping the children’s bodies during a ditch near Rosarito, CBS l. a. reports. The station says Coleman’s wife reported to Santa Barbara police on Saturday that the family was preparing to travel camping when her husband suddenly took off with the youngsters within the family’s van. She said she didn’t know where they were going and he hadn’t answered her text messages.
Coleman’s wife said she didn’t believe the youngsters were in any danger, that she hadn’t had any problems with Coleman, and “they didn’t have any kind of argument” before he left, consistent with the court affidavit. CBS L.A. says Coleman told FBI agents he’d put his daughter during a box for the ride to Mexico because he did not have a seat . Coleman is that the founding father of the Love water surfing school in Santa Barbara . The family’s neighbors in Santa Barbara told CBS L.A. they’re shocked which Coleman appeared like an honest husband. One said he’s “shocked” and “stunned.” He called it “immensely tragic.”