RESCUE, California. – A California man confessed to the 1993 killing in an emotional interview with a tv channel, saying his faith in God led him to do the right thing.
Brian Hawkins told KRCR from Redding that he and two accomplices robbed and killed 19-year-old Frank Wesley McAlister, whose murder was unsolved for almost 25 years.
The 44-year-old Hawkins refused to give any details about the murder on Tuesday of an interview, but said that life with the secret was “absolutely terrible.” He said that he wanted people to know that he is remorseful.
“Every minute of every day is a nightmare. It is strange, Frank never got to live a life, but we were teenagers and now I am 44 and still not even had a life and now, probably, not yet,” Hawkins said.
After the interview, Hawkins went to the Shasta County Sheriff’s office to meet with the police investigators, the Redding Police Department said.
“It was a cold case, an unsolved murder. All of the detectives who had worked the already long retired,” Capt. Eric Wallace said Friday.
Hawkins told them that he, Curtis Culver, 45, and Culver’s sister, Shanna Culver, 41, murdered McAlister after luring him to Shingletown to steal money which he had received in a settlement. Later, the trio decided to kill him instead, the department said.
Hawkins told officials that he and Curtis Culver put McAllister to death, and dumped his body in the woods in a rural, mountainous Shasta County. A hiker found McAllister’s remains a year later, according to police.
Hawkins, was on Tuesday arrested after his confession. The police arrested the Culver brothers and sisters on Wednesday in Red Bluff, officials said.
Wallace told the station one of the Culvers also known, but would not say which.
All three were held in the Shasta County Jail, the men were held on $ 1 million bail each and Shanna Culver was held without bail. The men were indicted Friday and Shanna Culver, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was arraigned Thursday.
Prison officials said they did not know whether the suspects had lawyers.
Before leaving the tv station, Hawkins said that he is not more of his past.
“I’m not running. I just need someone who cares for them. I just hope the community can forgive me,” he said.