The Coleman Family Murders: A Tale of Death Threats, Affairs, and Intimidation

The Coleman Family Murders: A Tale of Death Threats, Affairs, and Intimidation

On May 5, 2009, Sheri Coleman, 31, and her two sons, Garret, 11, and Gavin, 9, were found murdered in their home.

The prime suspect was none other than Sheri’s husband, Chris Coleman. Chris left the house early in the morning to work at the gym.

However, when he tried to call his wife during his workout, he received no answer. Worried, he called one of his neighbors to check on his family.

When the neighbor arrived, he discovered the grisly scene and immediately contacted the police.

It was not the first time that Chris and his family had received death threats from unidentified individuals.

The threats had been ongoing for some time, and Chris’s boss, Joyce Meyer, had used intimidation tactics to get him to resign.

Even though the police detective who lived next door to Chris was aware of the threats, they had continued, and letters were being delivered to their doorstep in 2009.

The police arrived at the scene and found red spray-painted messages on the wall. Chris arrived at the house, but the police prevented him from entering.

He barely shed any tears upon learning about the murders and did not ask for any details.


The police also noticed scratches on his arm that he was trying to cover up.

As a result, Chris became the prime suspect in the Coleman family murders and was taken in for questioning.

It was a tragic end to a family that had been terrorized by threats and intimidation for far too long.

The investigation into the murders would continue, but it was clear that Chris was at the center of it all.

The medical reports revealed that Sheri and her two sons were dead by 5:30 am on the day of the incident.

This was the same time that Chris had left the house for his morning workout, despite his insistence that they were still alive when he departed.

The neighbor’s CCTV footage confirmed that nobody had entered the house after Chris left for the gym.

Apart from Chris’s DNA, no other evidence was found on their bodies.

However, it was discovered that Chris had purchased spray paint with the same color used on the walls of the crime scene.


He had opened the credit account six months prior to the incident, and it was also the source of the threatening emails received by the family.

The investigations revealed that Chris was at home when the three were killed between three and five in the morning. The perpetrators had sprayed curse words on their bodies.

These findings made Chris the prime suspect in the murders of his family.

The reason behind the murders of Sheri and her two sons was Chris’s affair with Tara.

This fact came to light during the police investigation. Chris’s job involved frequent travel, which allowed him to lead a secretive life.

He had been involved in an extramarital affair with Tara Lintz, a cocktail server, since 2008.

Interestingly, Sheri introduced Chris and Tara to each other as Tara was a childhood friend of Sheri’s.

Chris had given Tara a promise ring and kept pressuring her to marry him. However, Sheri’s divorce was not an option as Chris’s boss, Joyce Meyer, had made it clear that it could lead to staff demotion or termination.

Meanwhile, Tara had set a deadline of May 4 for Chris to divorce Sheri so that they could get married.


As the deadline approached, Chris assured Tara that he had prepared the divorce papers and would serve them to his wife the following day.

However, on May 5, 2009, the day after the deadline, Sheri and her sons were found murdered, and Chris was detained as the primary suspect.

The affair with Tara had cost Chris the lives of his family and brought him under police scrutiny.

Read More On The Topic On TDPel Media