Californian Confesses To Cold Case Slaying In Emotional TV Interview

Brian Hawkins

Brian Keith Hawkins, 44, turned himself in to the Sheriff's office after he confessed to killing 20-year-old Frank Wesley McAlister in an interview with KRCR news on January 9.

Hawkins added, "God and Christ and these things that have happened over the course of 25 years have pushed me and pushed me to do the right thing".

Hawkins told KRCR he spoke with McAlister's family several times and wanted to meet in person to ask for forgiveness. Hawkins reached out to KRCR 7 ABC news to confess to his crime on camera before turning himself into the police station next door.

Redding police Capt. Eric Wallace told CNN he talked to McAlister's 81-year-old mother after Hawkins' arrest.

Acting on that statement, police also arrested Curtis Culver, 45, and his sister, Shanna Culver, 41, after finding them Wednesday in the nearby community of Red Bluff, authorities said.

Hawkins said it was God that motivated him to come forward. Instead, he was robbed and stabbed to death-his body left to rot and his auto dumped at the nearest Costco.

McAlister's remains were found one year later by a hiker, cops said.

In 1993, McAlister received some money from a settlement.

Investigators in 1993 learned Hawkins and the Culver siblings were the last people to see McAlister alive, but they denied any involvement in his disappearance and said they had no information about his whereabouts, officials said.


Hawkins, Shanna Culver and Curtis Culver were booked on charges of murder and are being held at the Shasta County Jail.

"Today, the man that did it confessed, and he and two others will now be brought to justice", McAlister's uncle, Jon McAlister, wrote on Facebook.

Police investigators said they believed the motive was robbery.

'I know the wrong can't be changed but this is the closest I can come to doing the right thing'.

KRCR-TV reported that police said one of the Culvers has also confessed, but declined to specify which one.

"I've been through hell my whole life because of this", he added.

"All three. were contacted and interviewed multiple times by investigators during the past 25 years, however all three maintained their innocence", the complaint says. "It's kinda weird that Frank never even got to have a life and neither did I", he said in the interview, spotted by Uproxx on Thursday. "By the time I got there, his father had passed away".

According to KRCR, Brian Keith Hawkins, 44, turned himself in to the Shasta County Sheriff's Department after an emotional interview with the TV station.

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