Man confesses on television to cold case murder

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

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 said he reached out to the victim's family past year. Investigators found "a large amount of blood located in the vehicle".

A hiker found McAllister's remains a year later, police said.

While he didn't share details of what happened that night with KRCR, police later released a statement, according to Fox News.

"I've been through hell my whole life because of this", he said as he shed tears.

'Horrible, horrible, horrible, absolute horror, absolutely horrible since that day, ' he told KRCR-TV. "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".

Unable to bear the guilt, he said could no longer live with the knowledge that he had been involved in a homicide and that his faith in God commanded him to come forward.

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


After Hawkins confession, Redding Police Department on Wednesday arrested Curtis and Shanna after interrogating them. The men were arraigned Friday and Shanna Culver, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was arraigned Thursday. Before he made it, however, McAlister's dad died, he said. After the interview, he walked into the sheriff's department and confessed. The station said it called authorities to let them know what was happening, and called after the interview to say he was on his way to turn himself in. The trio then lured the 20-year-old to Shingletown under the guise of selling him methamphetamine.

McAlister's family told the Redding Record Searchlight in 1993 that he had about $4,500 on him the day he vanished.

In 1993, McAlister received some money from a settlement.

Hawkins and the Culvers were arrested and charged with the murder of McAlister. The trio then took his money and vehicle and drove back to Redding, abandoning the vehicle in the Costco parking lot.

The station told law enforcement officials that they would not report the story until its journalists could corroborate what Hawkins told them. He and two others have since been arrested in connection with the crime.

'I just hope the community can also forgive me'.

"It is such a shock to us", Rice told the newspaper.

Instead, Hawkins and Curtis Culver, now 45, allegedly stabbed McAlister to death and left his body in the woods, police said. "Today, the man that did it confessed, and he and two others will now be brought to justice", McAlister wrote. The police have also asked people to contact them on 530-225-4200 if they have any information regarding the case.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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