New Court Documents Shine Light on Matthew Coleman's Murder of Two Children
By edhat staff
Newly released court documents state that Santa Barbara man, Matthew Coleman, became significantly more paranoid while researching QAnon before murdering his two children in Mexico last year.
In an affidavit filed last week in San Diego federal court, new details were alleged about Coleman's activities before the killings and his research into conspiracy theories with his wife, Abby.
Coleman, a 40-year-old Santa Barbara surf camp instructor, became obsessed with signs and symbols, focusing on photos of celebrities, friends, and social media posts to interpret common peace signs or thumbs up as evidence of an evil cabal secretly communicating, according to search warrant affidavits.
Abby Coleman, 35, told investigators they researched QAnon together but her husband's interest grew deeper than hers, and that he became "significantly more paranoid" as the summer of 2021 continued.
A central theme in this conspiracy theory is the belief in an evil secret society of elites that also falsely claims Donald Trump has secretly been battling Satan-worshipping pedophiles at the highest levels.
The court documents state that Coleman's research of "signs" began to infiltrate his own circle of friends, church, and primary family. In the Department of Justice's 2021 indictment, he stated that he believed his wife had passed "lizard people" serpent DNA onto his 10-month-old daughter Roxy and two-year-old son Kaleo. He believed the only way to stop it from spreading was to kill them, the indictment said.
Matthew Taylor Coleman posted this family photo on his Instagram page four months ago to call his wife, Abby, and their children, Kaleo and Roxy, “My treasures!” (Photo: Instagram)
It's unclear when the married couple began researching QAnon, but Coleman told investigators he was hearing from "Q" himself who runs the movement, according to the affidavit.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports many of the conspiracy theories Coleman described in his interviews with law enforcement surpass QAnon. He discussed learning about lizard people from a known conspiracy theorist on Twitter who writes about shape-shifting reptilian beings, the Illuminati, interbreeding with Nordic peoples, and an evil global elite.
Coleman's wife Abby has also been named by investigators as sharing the interest in hidden meanings behind hand gestures. A week before the killings she allegedly sent her husband Instagram scrrenshots from a far-right conspiracy theory account that goes by the motto “Symbolism is the language of the satanic elite,” reports The San Diego Union-Tribune.
The Colemans alleged a close friend was part of some conspiracy based on an old Facebook photo where he's posing with a hand gesture. Shortly after Coleman went missing with his children, Abby called the friend and showed him the Facebook photo, reportedly accusing him of "being in on it," and eventually chased him from her home, according to the affidavit and reported by The San Diego Union-Tribune.
The affidavit states Coleman left Santa Barbara with his two children on August 7, 2021. The next day, Coleman’s wife filed a missing person's report and used a computer application to track them in Rosarito, Mexico.
Matthew Taylor Coleman is believed to be in this surveillance video checking into a City Express hotel in Rosarito with one of his children. (Photo: Baja California attorney general’s office)
Coleman texted his wife around 3:00 a.m. on August 9th saying he was “starting to get some clarity” but was still confused and planned to keep “processing through everything.” “Hope all this craziness ends soon,” he wrote.
“Love you.” Abby responded around 9 a.m. telling him to take care of their children. “We are doing this together babe. Praying for clarity over you and your mind this morning,” she wrote. “Everything you’ve believed and known to be true is happening right now. I’m partnering with you from SB. Let’s take back our city. The gateway of revival for the state of California and the nation and the world. You were created to change the course of world history,” The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Her children were already dead and found earlier that morning by farmworkers in a ditch off a Rosarito highway near a ranch. They were allegedly killed by Coleman using a spearfishing gun. He was arrested later that day as he tried to drive back into the U.S. through the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
Coleman has admitted to the murders during interviews with law enforcement but has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of murdering U.S. nationals on foreign soil, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Prosecutors could pursue the death penalty and public defenders would have a chance to present before the decision is made. The date has not yet been established but it's reported that it can take place as early as June.
A memorial in Santa Barbara for the murdered children Kaleo and Roxy (Photo by an edhat reader)