California man confesses to 1993 killing in TV interview


The 19-year-old's skeletal remains were found in rural Northern California months after the vehicle he'd been driving was found mysteriously abandoned in a Costco parking lot in Redding.

All three suspects were taken to jail by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

Brian Hawkins, 45, of Shingletown contacted KRCR News Tuesday claiming he could no longer live with the guilt and wanted to confess to the May 1993 murder of Frank McCalister, then 19, according to a Redding Police Department press release issued Wednesday night. Hawkins reached out to KRCR 7 ABC news to confess to his crime on camera before turning himself into the police station next door.

McAlister's girlfriend reported him (and her car) missing in May 1993, a criminal complaint detailing charges against the two men says.

In the years since the crime, Hawkins has found religion and credits his belief in God and Christ to have pushed him to do the right thing - although he admits that he understands he can't change what happened. Later that day, the auto was found outside a Costco in Redding, with blood on the car's exterior and interior, police said.

Redding police said Hawkins and two others, Curtis Culver and Shanna Culver, lured McAlister to Shingletown under the guise of selling him drugs. Police say they left his body in the woods and abandoned the vehicle in a Costco parking lot.

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.

Shasta County Calif. Sheriff’s Office shows Curtis Culver 45
Shasta County Calif. Sheriff’s Office shows Curtis Culver 45

Hawkins said he reached out to the victim's family past year.

McAlister drove the group to a rural area in Shingletown, the complaint says. According to Hawkins' KRCR interview, he searched out McAlister's family and tried to own up to his actions on numerous occasions, but it just never happened.

During their interviews with police this week, Hawkins and the Culvers gave different accounts. Police told KRCR one of the Culvers has also confessed to the murder.

Hawkins claimed Curtis Culver, who was 21, stabbed McAlister inside the auto, and that Hawkins later stabbed McAlister outside the vehicle, the complaint says.

Brian Hawkins, 44, seen in this undated photo, confessed in a TV interview to the 1993 murder of 19-year-old Frank Wesley McAlister. Police arrested the Culver siblings on Wednesday in Red Bluff, officials said.

During his TV interview Tuesday, Hawkins, wearing a long-sleeve T-shirt and camouflage trousers and clasping a can of cola, declined to give details about the killing. "By the time I got there, his father had passed away", said Hawkins.

Hawkins and both siblings have been arrested.