California man confesses to 1993 killing in TV interview

Brian Hawkins

A Shingletown man's confession to a Shasta County murder in 1993 led to the arrest of two other suspects, siblings Shanna and Curtis Culver of Red Bluff.

"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".

A Northern California man confessed to a 1993 killing in an emotional interview with a television station, saying his faith in God led him to do the right thing. "We agreed to interview him, on the condition that we would hold the interview until he turned himself in, and law enforcement could corroborate his confession", KRCR wrote.

Brian Hawkins told KRCR of Redding that he and two accomplices robbed and killed 19-year-old Frank Wesley McAlister, whose slaying was unsolved for almost 25 years.

After appearing on camera for a tearful interview, Hawkins met with Redding police and gave a statement.

Hawkins was subsequently arrested after confessing to the crime at the police station next door, as were his accomplices Shanna Culver, 46, and her brother Curtis Culver, 45. Instead, he was robbed and stabbed to death-his body left to rot and his vehicle dumped at the nearest Costco.

About one year later, a hiker stumbled across McAlister's remains.

Hawkins, according to police, told investigators this week that back in 1993, he and the Culvers learned that McAlister had just received some insurance settlement money, and that he wanted to use some of it to buy methamphetamine, and then sell the drugs for profit.

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All three individuals now reside in the Shasta County jail-on charges of murder, robbery and burglary.

After the interview was over, the TV station informed Redding's chief of police and the Shasta County Sheriff's Office that Hawkins was on his way to confess to a crime.

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'Horrible, horrible, horrible, absolute horror, absolutely horrible since that day, ' he told KRCR-TV. One of the two Culvers also reportedly confessed, although police have not stated which one.

"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", he continued.

He said that he hoped that the community would forgive him, shedding tears at times during the interview.

"I've been through Hell my whole life because of this", Hawkins said, explaining that the guilt had eaten him up and he could not hold it in any longer.

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