In one of the most heartbreaking stories to come from Donald Trump’s influence over his fanbase, a member of the QAnon conspiracy cult has been arrested for killing his own young children with a spearfishing gun because he believed they had become “infected with serpent DNA”, just one of the many conspiracies spread by QAnon.
Matthew Taylor Coleman, a well-known surfing instructor in Santa Barbara, California, was arrested after he allegedly drove his 2-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter into Mexico over the weekend and killed them on Monday. “It had to be done,” Coleman said during his confession.
Police say that Coleman had traveled with the children to Mexico and checked into a hotel room on Saturday. The children’s mother reported her husband and the kids missing the following day. Investigators believe that Coleman took the children to a ranch in Mexico early Monday morning, killed them, and returned to his hotel a few hours later.
In a criminal complaint that was filed in the U.S. District Court on Wednesday. In the 10-page complaint, FBI Special Agent Jennifer Bannon wrote that Coleman claimed to be “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.”
Matthew Taylor Coleman drove to Mexico with his 1- and 3-year-old kids to murder them, the FBI says.
He told the FBI he was "enlightened by QAnon."
He said his wife passed "serpent DNA onto his children" and he was "saving the world from monsters."
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) August 11, 2021
“M. Coleman stated that he believed his children were going to grow into monsters so he had to kill them,” Bannon wrote.
In the documents, Bannon says that Coleman detailed how he killed his daughter first by shooting a spear gun in her heart. Then he allegedly killed his son, but he did not die right away, so he had to be shot several times. Coleman claimed that he hurt his hand in the process. “M. Coleman stated that he knew it was wrong,” Bannon wrote, “but it was the only course of action that would save the world.”
The horrific Qanon killer dad story is a reminder that Mike Lindell's paranoid fantasies going out live to Mr. & Mrs. America isn't necessarily a harmless sideshow.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) August 12, 2021
Coleman was charged on Wednesday with the foreign murder of U.S. nationals. He remains in federal custody without bond. He has not yet entered a plea and will be represented by a public defender at his arraignment on August 31.