REDDING, California — A man walked into a northern California police station and stunningly confessed to a nearly 25-year-old murder, claiming he had found God and wanted to make things right.
Brian Keith Hawkins, 44, told Shasta County Sheriff’s investigators that he had helped kill 20-year-old Frank Wesley McAlister in 1993 and fingered 46-year-old Shanna Culver and her brother 45-year-old Curtis Culver, as his accomplices.
They were also arrested and all three have been charged with burglary and robbery, with other charges pending.
Police say they believe McAlister was killed for money. Shortly before his death, he had received money from a settlement. Investigators say Hawkins and the Culvers lured McAlister out to a secluded area with the promise of selling him methamphetamine, but robbed him instead. Hawkins and Curtis Culver then stabbed him to death. They left his body there and dumped his car at a nearby Costco.
Hawkins shocking confession began when he first walked into local TV station, KRCR-TV, on Tuesday and told news staffers there in an on camera interview that he intended to turn himself in for McAlister’s killing.
“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,” he said. “I know the wrong can’t be changed but this is the closest I can come to doing the right thing.”
“I’ve been through hell my whole life because of this,” he said, adding that he had reached out to the victim’s family last year, but that McAlister’s father had died before he could tell him the truth.
The TV station said it agreed to conduct the interview but told Hawkins it wouldn’t air it until after he had turned himself in and police had corroborated his story.