Brian Keith Hawkins, 44, shed tears in an interview when he walked into the KRCR-TV station in Redding, Calif. on Wednesday, 1/10/2018, and claimed that he murdered a teenager in Northern California nearly 25 years ago. The station agreed to the interview, but stated it could not air it until after he turned himself in and police corroborated the confession.
Hawkins said his newfound faith in God led him to seek forgiveness, and wanted to confess to a cold case murder- the 1993 killing of Frank McAlister. Hawkins, 46-year-old Shanna Culver and her brother 45-year-old Curtis Culver, have all been arrested and are in the Shasta County jail on burglary and robbery charges related to the death of 20-year-old Frank Wesley McAlister in 1993 after Hawkins confessed to the crime, and named the Culvers as accomplices.
25 years ago, they set up a phony drug deal in Shingletown, Calif., to rob McAlister of money he brought to buy methamphetamine, Redding Police said in a news release. They robbed him, and Hawkins and Curtis Culver stabbed him to death, leaving his body in the woods and dumping his car in a Costco parking lot, according to police.
I’ve been through hell my whole life because of this,” he said through tears. Hawkins continued, saying that there hadn’t been a moment where he hadn’t been remorseful for what he had done. He said he even reached out to McAlister’s family last year. “I talked to them several times and told them I was going to make it there so I could tell them what happened and I wanted their forgiveness. By the time I got there, his father had passed away.” Records show a Douglas Irvin McAlister died in Redding in October of 2017.
“Horrible, horrible, horrible, absolute horror, absolutely horrible since that day. Every minute of every day has been a nightmare. It’s kind of weird, Frank never got to have a life, but we were teenagers and now I’m 44 and still haven’t even had a life and now most likely won’t anyway.”
McAlister’s family had reported him missing, but his remains would not be found until the following year by a hiker in Shingletown, about 29 miles east of Redding.
McAlister’s grandmother, Avis Rice of Anderson, told the Redding Searchlight that she and her family members were stunned to learn of the arrests so long after the murder.
“It is such a shock to us,” she told the paper.
Up until this week, the case had gone unsolved.
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