According to Reeding Police, 44-year old Brian Hawkins and two other people were arrested this week in connection with Frank McAlister’s 1993 death.
Hawkins walked into the headquarters of KRCR TV station to confess and said that he was involved in the murder. “I’m going to turn myself in next door at the sheriff’s department for a crime I was involved in years ago. … It was murder,” Hawkins told KRCR reporter Courtney Kreider.
Hawkins told KRCR he and the others robbed McAlister, who was stabbed to death. The station did not air his on-camera interview until he surrendered to police. 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.
Hawkins made the same confession to police that afternoon, the Redding Police Department said. Acting on that statement, police also arrested Curtis Culver, 45, and his sister, Shanna Culver, 41, after finding them in the nearby community of Red Bluff.
Hawkins told the TV station that his faith in God and overwhelming feelings of guilt led him to confess. “God, Christ — these things that have happened throughout my whole life since then, for over 25 years, have pushed me and pushed me to do the right thing. I know the wrong can’t be changed, but this is the closest I can come to doing the right thing” he said.
Frank McAlister’s death nearly 25 years ago had remained unsolved. The 19-year-old’s skeletal remains were found in rural Northern California months after the car he’d been driving was found mysteriously abandoned in a Costco parking lot in Redding. No arrests were made in the two decades since.