Man Confesses to 25-Year-Old Murder on Television

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

A cold case murder almost 25 years old may finally be solved after a California man confessed to a TV station and police that he was among those responsible for the killing.

Brian Keith Hawkins, 46, walked into KRCR and confessed to the 1993 murder of 20-year-old Frank Wesley McAlister in Shingletown, California. "Nearly every minute of every day has been a nightmare", Hawkins said. "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", Hawkins said.

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.

McAlister's remains weren't found for a year but his death was ruled a homicide.

Hawkins told investigators that he could no longer live with the guilt from what he had done and that he wanted to clear his conscience, police officials said. "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.

The Redding Record Searchlight reported that Hawkins met with Redding police on Tuesday. McAlister had a large amount of cash that the trio wanted to steal to buy methamphetamine, Hawkins said. "I know the wrong can't be changed, but this is as close as I can come to doing the right thing".

Investigators learned quickly that Hawkins and the Culver siblings were acquainted with McAlister and may have been the last people to see him, having claimed that he dropped them off at a park in Redding on the day McAlister went missing, the complaint says.

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

"I've been through hell my whole life because of this", he added. "All the detectives that had worked it have long since retired", Capt. Eric Wallace said Friday. All three are being held on suspicion of homicide at the Shasta County Jail.

Police investigators said they believed the motive was robbery.

Red Bluff A brother and sister from Red Bluff have been arrested in connection with a 1993 Shingletown murder after a third suspect came forward to confess. He also said some God stuff before finishing his Pepsi and cigar, then heading out to turn himself in.

Instead, Hawkins and Curtis Culver, now 45, allegedly stabbed McAlister to death and left his body in the woods, police said.

However, in a dramatic unfolding of events decades later, Hawkins on Tuesday gave a statement to the police confessing to McAlister's murder. The police have also asked people to contact them on 530-225-4200 if they have any information regarding the case.

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