Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Man Confesses to Killing Man 25 Years Ago During TV Interview

Man Confesses to Killing Man 25 Years Ago During TV Interview

Brian Hawkins, 44, and two other people were arrested this week in connection with McAlister's 1993 death, Redding police said, after Hawkins walked into the headquarters of CNN affiliate KRCR and said that he was involved.

Police released images of McAlister on social media, writing: "We wish to thank Frank's family for their patience during our investigation into Frank's murder, which has spanned more than two decades".

"He refused to answer any questions about the case itself but said he wanted people to know that he had found God, and that is what led him to finally do the right thing and confess", KRCR-TV said. McAlister had recently gotten some money from a settlement, according to police. Police told KRCR one of the Culvers has also confessed to the murder.

Hawkins said it was God that motivated him to come forward.

Hawkins did not reveal the details of the murder in the interview, but told investigators that he, Curtis Culver, 45, and his sister Shanna Culver, 41, murdered McAlister by stabbing him to death.

Hawkins was arrested after his confession.

All three were being held in the Shasta County Jail; the men were held on $1 million bail each and Shanna Culver, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was being held without bail. "I know the wrong can't be changed but this is the closest I can come to doing the right thing". Later that day, the auto was found outside a Costco in Redding, with blood on the car's exterior and interior, police said. Before he made it, however, McAlister's dad died, he said. Officials didn't specify which one.


McAlister drove the group to a rural area in Shingletown, the complaint says. The trio lured him out to Shingletown - under the guise of selling him meth - but they robbed him instead, before Hawkins and Curtis Culver allegedly stabbed him to death.

The three then left McCalister's body in the wooded area and dumped his vehicle at a local Costco, according to Hawkins.

During their interviews with police this week, Hawkins and the Culvers gave different accounts. He also told the police his siblings Curtis Culver and Shanna Culver were a part of the crime, ABC News reported. Police arrested the Culver siblings on Wednesday in Red Bluff, officials said.

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

Redding Police Captain Eric Wallace said multiple investigators took on the case over the years, trying multiple leads-with little to show for all their work.

"I've been through hell my whole life because of this", Hawkins told the station through tears, saying that he even reached out to McAlister's family previous year. McAlister was her only child, and she said the arrests bring her some relief, Wallace said.

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