On Thursday, a federal judge declared that Matthew Taylor Coleman, the man from Santa Barbara who confessed to using a speargun to kill his two children, is unfit to stand trial due to his belief in QAnon conspiracy theories that claimed his children had serpent DNA.
In March, Coleman will have his next competency hearing, as Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo has committed him for intensive treatment. This ruling has been made with the intent of ensuring that Coleman receives the proper care that he needs to become competent.
According to sources, Coleman has undergone extensive psychological evaluations in recent months, which have included consultations with several psychiatrists. Additionally, his legal team has also arranged for their client to undergo a psychological assessment.
At present, Coleman, who is 42 years old, is currently detained in a federal prison that has not been disclosed to the public.
According to records obtained by The Messenger, Coleman has denied any involvement in the murder of two U.S. nationals in a foreign country. However, his confession reveals that he killed his children in Mexico because he believed in the QAnon conspiracy theories. It’s a disturbing revelation that sheds light on the dangerous and often violent consequences of conspiracy theories. The impact of these theories can be devastating, as in this case, where innocent lives were lost. It’s a reminder that we must be vigilant and critical when it comes to the information we consume and believe.
A Brutal Killing
Coleman was getting ready for a family vacation with his wife, Abby, on a bright and sunny afternoon of August 7, 2021. According to reports, he loaded his van with his two children, Kaleo, who is two years old, and Roxy, who is 10 months old, and left their residence in Santa Barbara, California.
According to reports, Coleman brought his children to Mexico and checked into a resort hotel for two days. After that, he allegedly took them to a farm where he used a spearfishing gun to fatally stab both of them. The tragic incident has left authorities and the public in shock and disbelief. It is a heart-wrenching reminder of the importance of mental health awareness and seeking help when needed.
Upon his return to the United States, he was apprehended by law enforcement officials.
According to a search warrant application spanning 30 pages, authorities claimed that Coleman had a keen interest in conspiracy theories such as QAnon and Illuminati. Additionally, he was intrigued by Strong’s Concordance, a comprehensive numerology index of every word present in the Bible.
According to FBI agents, Coleman reportedly claimed that he was akin to the character Neo in the movie “The Matrix” and was decoding all the pieces like in the movie.
According to the affidavit, M. Coleman shared that his wife, A.C. (Abby Coleman), possessed serpent DNA, which he claimed to have discovered through visions and signs. He also expressed concern that his children may have inherited this DNA, which he believed to be corrupt and capable of spreading unless addressed. Notably, M. Coleman did mention uncertainty about whether his wife was a shapeshifter.
Shock and Heartbreak: Coping with Overwhelming Emotions
The community of Santa Barbara is deeply shaken by the recent murders that have taken place. The victims were known to have been close to Coleman, who was a well-liked surf instructor with a friendly and outgoing personality. He was also known for his strong religious beliefs, which he was very passionate about.
According to one of his close friends, who spoke to The Messenger via text on Thursday, the individual was known for being incredibly amiable and kind-hearted. The friend acknowledged that they had no idea about the person’s unusual beliefs. Reflecting on the tragic incident that claimed the lives of the children, the friend expressed their immense sorrow, stating that they think about the kids every day and find the situation heart-wrenching.
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