A QAnon-obsessed killer dad who allegedly used a spear gun to fatally shoot both his children was handcuffed and dressed in a prison-issued jumpsuit as he was indicted by a federal grand jury for the ‘heinous, cruel and depraved’ crime.
Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, appeared in federal court in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday after he was charged with two counts of foreign first-degree murder of United States nationals. ‘By law, the charges are eligible for death penalty,’ the news release from the attorney’s office read.
The new sketches illustrate the straight-faced Coleman standing for his hearing at a courtroom in the Royal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles.
Coleman, a surf school owner, killed his children two-year-old son Kaleo and ten-month-old daughter Roxy after leaving their Santa Barbara home on Saturday and killing them at a ranch in Mexico two days later, without his wife’s knowledge.
Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, stands for his hearing at the Royal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles
The court sketches revealed a straight-faced Coleman standing handcuffed in front of the judge in his jumpsuit
Coleman admitted to the crime and said that he did it because he was ‘receiving visions and signs that his wife possessed serpent DNA and had passed it onto his children’, according to court documents.
If he didn’t kill them, he ‘believed his children were going to grow into monsters’.
In the indictment obtained by DailyMail.com Coleman allegedly ‘committed the offence after substantial planning and premeditation to cause the death of a person’.
The Attorney General will decide at a later date whether Coleman will receive the death penalty, according to the court documents. If the Attorney General decides against the death penalty Coleman’s maximum sentence would be life in prison with a fine of up to $250,000.
Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, was charged with two counts of foreign first-degree murder of United States nationals after shooting his two-year-old son Kaleo and 10-month-old daughter Roxy to death with a spear gun. The charge makes him eligible for the death penalty
Coleman admitted to murdering his son Kaleo (left), two, and daughter Roxy (right), 10 months. The court documents also noted that Coleman thought he ‘was saving the world from monsters’
An anonymous family friend told People that Coleman’s wife Abby, 35, ‘didn’t see this coming’ and is haunted by questions of ‘what she could have done to stop it’
On August 9 Coleman allegedly murdered his two-year old son Kaleo and 10-month-old daughter Roxy because he was ‘enlightened’ by ‘QAnon and Illuminata’ conspiracy theories which claim the world is run by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles.
Coleman told FBI he was ‘saving the world’ because his children were ‘going to grow into monsters’, but admitted he knew what he did was wrong.
Acting US Attorney Randy Grossman said: ‘The Department of Justice is determined to achieve justice for these victims and their loved ones.
‘There are no words to describe the profound grief that envelops an entire community when a child is murdered.’
The Santa Barbara surf instructor allegedly killed his two young children on a Christian ranch in Rosarito, Mexico, after leaving his California home on Saturday, August 7 in a Mercedes Sprinter van and crossing the border without his wife Abby’s knowledge.
He told his wife that they were going on a camping trip but did not say where. He did not take a car seat and instead left with his 10-month-old daughter in a box.
Coleman didn’t answer any of his wife’s calls or texts on Saturday. Family members reported that they also could not reach Coleman.
Abby, 35, reported her husband and children missing that same day. She said she was concerned for her family’s well-being and because she knew her husband didn’t have a car seat, according to the documents.
Coleman had checked himself and his two children into the City Express Hotel in Rosarito, where they stayed until early Monday morning, when he checked them out and took them to a field just outside town and killed them.
CCTV showed him returning to the hotel later Monday morning on his own.
Video footage showed Coleman (left), Kaleo (right) and Roxy (not seen in the picture) checking into the City Express Hotel in Rosarito on Saturday
CCTV footage shows Coleman leaving the hotel on Monday morning at 2.54am with his two children, Kaleo and Roxy
Coleman returned alone later Monday morning and then left the hotel for good in a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, authorities said. Investigators in Mexico believe that Coleman took his children to a ranch near to his hotel. It is not known why the surf instructor could have murdered his children
Coleman murdered his toddlers on a Christian ranch in Rosarito, Mexico (above) on Monday morning after leaving his Santa Barbara home on Saturday and crossing the border without his wife’s knowledge
Coleman lives in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and two kids. He left on Saturday and checked into the City Express Hotel in Rosarito, Mexico. Two days later he was arrested after trying to get back in the US at the San Ysidro Point of Entry for the murder of his two children
Coleman was apprehended by police when trying to reenter the USA at the Ysidro Point of Entry after his wife alerted authorities to his whereabouts using the Find My iPhone app.
He told federal agents he used a spear fishing gun to shoot Kaleo and Rocxy in the heart before dumping them in a field outside Rosarito. According to court documents, when they did not die right away, Coleman stabbed his son 17 and daughter 12 more times, cutting his own hand in the process.
Matthew, 40 is seen in a court sketch as he faces charges in the murder of his two young children.
When Abby spoke to police the day before the murder she said she did not believe Coleman would harm her children and that they would eventually return home.
Federal agents also confirmed that she and her husband did not have any sort of argument before he left.
But Coleman had already placed his children’s slain bodies in some nearby brush, discarded their bloody clothes in a blue trash bin and threw the spear fishing gun near a creek, the affidavit said.
Coleman was taken to Santa Ana jail the day after the murder and the Mexican authorities found the murder weapon, bloody clothes and a baby’s blanket.
According to the court documents, when a jailer asked him why there was a band-aid on his hand he said it was from ‘hurting his children’.
The surf instructor told federal agents that he knew it was wrong ‘but it was the only course of action that would save the world’.
A family friend of the Colemans told People that Abby ‘didn’t see this coming’ and is ‘devastated’.
‘No one did. But for her, she’s starting to question everything she ever knew about her husband. It’s devastating,’ the anonymous friend added.
The friend, who has known the family for several years said to People: ‘So now she’s wondering what she could have done to stop it. Those questions are going to haunt her.
‘If she had any idea that he was believing all this she would’ve helped him get help. But she didn’t know. And now the worst has happened.’
The investigation started after the children’s mother Abby Coleman (pictured) reported her husband, son and daughter missing when Coleman didn’t answer any of her phone calls or texts
The surf instructor told federal agents that he knew what he did was wrong ‘but it was the only course of action that would save the world’
An affidavit was filed in LA following Coleman’s arrest. In the court documents, Coleman told federal agents that he was ‘receiving visions and signs that his wife possessed serpent DNA and had passed it onto his children’
The family friend also noted Abby is ‘confused, stunned and just destroyed inside’ over the death of her toddlers and her husband’s arrest.
‘She thinks he just snapped. Something must have happened in his brain,’ the friend told People, adding that Abby ‘hopes to be able to ask him for answers face to face someday’.
‘But for now, she’s just grieving. We all are. It’s an absolute nightmare.’
In the months leading up to the crime Coleman’s posts on social media, which have since been taken down, veer from biblical quotes to prophetic and revelatory language.
Coleman openly talked about a new type of ‘Great American Renaissance’ that ‘will empower each person’s heart to come alive and explode’. He goes onto ask if 2020 could just be the ‘birth pains’ of what is on its way in 2021?
Indeed, the troubled father of two declares that his daughter Roxy Rain was ‘hand picked by God to slay the giants of the land’ and calls both his children ‘gifts from God’.
In another post, Coleman says ‘There is a truth buried in the heart of every man and woman which holds the key to God-likeness. This will open the door to a limitless flow of divine power and creativity’.
Federal agents will most likely be looking into the surf instructor’s social media accounts, which grew increasingly devout since the pandemic. It is unknown how long Coleman was entrenched in QAnon
Investigators will no doubt note how he appears to use increasingly biblical, prophetic and revelatory language
Religious screed: Coleman posted this picture to celebrate the birth of his daughter and declared that his daughter Roxy Rain was ‘hand picked by God to slay the giants of the land’
In yet another post that bears some similarity to the anti-establishment ethos of QAnon, Coleman says he is ‘convinced at some point in our lives we will accumulate enough valid evidence for why we should stop trusting our government officials, bosses, coworkers, church, family and friends’.
From kids trapped in a pizza shop basement to drinking children’s blood here are some of QAnon’s most bizarre theories
THE UNDERPINNING PEDOPHILE THEORY
QAnon is founded on and operates under the belief that there is a deep-state organization of powerful, Democratic politicians who are pedophiles.
Supporters of the theory think that for years, these pedophiles have been able to operate free from criticism by protecting each other.
It also teaches that they are Satan worshipers who, after abusing children, drink their blood.
None of it is true.
One theory that has been tied to QAnon but was not necessarily borne out of it is the idea that there is a video, found on the laptop of disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner, which shows his wife Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton abusing a child and then drinking the child’s blood.
Pizzagate erupted as a theory during the first Trump election in 2016.
It is the theory that the Comet pizza shop in Washington DC has been used for years as a base for the pedophile and child sex trafficking ring.
Again, there is no evidence of it.
He says doing so is a ‘doorway to experiencing the most liberating reality on earth’.
The killer dad also waxes lyrical about The Renaissance and the Dark Ages. Wondering if we are living in our own Dark Age right now that is waiting to be lit up by a ‘creative explosion’.
‘The Crazy thing about history is that you don’t know what your season will be labeled as until years down the road. And more so, sometimes your time period isn’t labeled by what happens during it, but rather what happens after it.’
Investigators have begun the process of trying to work out how and why the otherwise seemingly happy family man could have become so twisted as to murder both his children, who he described as his ‘jewels’ on social media.
The murders are all the more baffling considering Coleman’s very public love for Abby, Kaleo and Roxy.
He often fawned over his wife on birthdays, anniversaries, describing his spouse of four years as ‘wifey’.
Coleman captioned Instagram photos of her saying he’s ‘deeply in love’ and shared photos of father-son days spent with Kaleo, to which he said: ‘When I’m with him, things that I’ve experienced a thousand times start to feel new and awe-inspiring.
‘He has this special gift in being able to recognize the glory all around him, and then bringing other people into it.’
‘You could say I enjoy being a dad,’ he wrote in an earlier post with his only son.
Neighbors of Coleman exclusively told DailyMail.com that they are hey are ‘sickened’ after hearing the devastating news about the seemingly happy family next door.
Richard Galindo, 82, lives near surf school owner Coleman in the beachtown of Santa Barbara, California.
And while Galindo says that Abby was the ‘sweetest mother’ who would always stop by and say hello, he tells DailyMail.com that Matthew was less amiable.
‘I’ve known Abby for the past year, she used to walk by with her two children. She would have one in a buggy and the older one would walk. I’d see her at least once a week as she passed by my house on the way to the beach. Her oldest child loved playing with the cement animal statues in my yard,’ he said with a tear in his eye.
‘[Matthew] was never really the friendly type. When Matthew walked by my house with his kids, he seemed he was in another land, he never acknowledged me to say hi, he just looked straight ahead.’
The last time Galindo spoke with Matthew was just a few weeks ago. ‘I brought a bag of avocados over to their house, Matthew answered the door and for the first time he was actually nice as I handed him the bag. He said thank you,’ he said.
The murder is all the more baffling considering Coleman’s very public love for Abby, Kaleo and Roxy. He often fawned over his wife on birthdays, anniversaries or just because and the two appeared very happily married for the past four years
In a 2018 post Coleman said he ‘can’t wait to go spearfish’ with Kaleo one day. It’s unknown if he believed in QAnon and Illuminata conspiracy theories then but he would go on to kill his toddler son using a spearfish gun as the murder weapon
Before murdering his son over QAnon-inflicted fears he would grow into a ‘monster,’ Coleman said Kaleo was an ‘amazing son’
The family lived in a modest 3-bedroom, 2 bath, 1300-square-foot home with a two-car garage built in 1956.
Located just blocks from Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara, the home is worth $1.4 million.
The couple co-founded the surfing school Lovewater Surf Co in Santa Barbara, California – where Coleman was born.
Another neighbor said the young couple have a middle aged man and his mother living in their garage. It was a condition of their rent from the owners, they said.
A different neighbor told DailyMail.com: ‘Abby was the social one of the two, but I was wary of Matthew. He seemed a little too happy and disingenuous, fake nice almost.’
The family lived in a modest 3-bedroom, 2 bath, 1300-square-foot home with a two-car garage built in 1956 and located just blocks from Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara
Coleman co-founded the surfing school Lovewater Surf Co in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife. According to the surf school’s website, ‘Matt and Abby enjoy finding ways to better lives through surfing, experiential education and community-based projects’
HOW QANON STARTED IN THE CORNERS OF THE DARK WEB AND EXPLODED UNDER TRUMP
QAnon exploded in the final months of Donald Trump’s presidency, bolstered by the unproven theory that widespread voter fraud won the election for Biden amid widespread conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic.
It had been gradually gathering steam throughout Trump’s presidency after being founded in 2017 or thereabouts.
It started with a few posts that had been put on 4Chan, by Q, that were picked up on and promoted.
Q claimed to be a high ranking military official with knowledge of what Trump was up against – a secret ring of pedophiles and child sex traffickers.
Trump never endorsed the movement, although he is its hero.
He has, in the past, described some of its followers as ‘people who love our country.’
Facebook and Twitter have taken down or restricted countless QAnon posts which only feeds supporters’ believes that big tech is also in bed with the pedophile ring.
At one time, the conspiracy theorist set their sights on the Robert Mueller Russia probe.
They believe that it was a cover for a bigger investigation into the pedophile ring.
When Mueller’s investigation concluded to no avail other than clearing Trump of wrongdoing, QAnon’s focus shifted.
Jim Watkins attended the January 6 riot and took the filmmaker with him. It’s unclear whether or not Ron was there.