A California surfing school owner and father has been charged this week after killing both his children. He used a spear gun to murder his two young children over fear they would become "monsters."
Matthew Taylor Coleman, forty, of Santa Barbara is facing a federal charge of the foreign murder of U.S. nationals, after the deaths of both of his children in Mexico.
In an interview, Coleman confessed to the FBI that he took his 2-year-old son and ten-month-old daughter to Rosarito, Mexico, in order to end their lives. He then shot a "spearfishing gun" into their chests, as per CBS. The children's bodies were found by a farm worker at a ranch near Rosarito in Baja.
Coleman "believed his children were going to grow into monsters so he had to kill them," according to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent with the criminal complaint.
After CCTV footage was discovered of Coleman leaving a hotel with his children in the early hours of the morning, then returning alone, he was detained at a border checkpoint. There, "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."
Coleman's wife reported to the Santa Barbara police that her husband had taken off with the kids ahead of a pre-planned family camping trip. She'd had no success when attempting to contact him. However, she did not believe the children were in danger, was not concerned about Coleman's mental state, and claimed there hadn't been any sort of argument before he left.
Neighbors of the family have spoken out about the horrific tragedy, with one saying he is "shocked" and "stunned," calling it "immensely tragic."
Others on Facebook have had a similar reaction. One wrote: "This is so heartbreaking and hard to even imagine that this could happen. He doesn't deserve to be called a parent or father. He was neither. An evil monster is more appropriate! Those poor sweet children paid the price."
Another saw this horrific event as a symptom of a much wider societal issue. "We have a whole system of disinformation and a failed and bought-off political class to blame. The bread and circus just keep getting more bizarre and outlandish to keep the public dumbfounded of the true reality, to the extent that innocent little children suffer the consequences of their parents' deranged minds. The same can be said with how we are treating our beautiful planet, 'we are killing it!' A sad society to say the least," they wrote.
"Health care, including psychological health care, should be universal, accessible for all and free of charge (or put under a moderate fee) in the United States the way it is in the rest of the developed world," another agreed.
Rest in Peace.