Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Man confesses to 1993 murder in emotional TV interview

Man confesses to 1993 murder in emotional TV interview

Brian Hawkins, 45, during an interview with ABC-affiliate KRCR news channel in Redding, California, said he wanted to speak about his involvement in the murder of Frank McAlister.

He said it has been miserable to live with the secret. But before turning himself in, he confessed to his deed to a reporter on TV.

Hawkins and Curtis Culver are being held on $1 million bail, while the other Culver sibling is being held without bail.

About a year after McAlister disappeared, a passerby found his body in a rural part of Shingletown, a few miles east of Redding, police said.

The three then left McCalister's body in the wooded area and dumped his auto at a local Costco, according to Hawkins.

Redding police believe that the murder was motivated by money, specifically, money McAlister obtained from a settlement; the three are believed to have lured McAlister to Shingletown under the pretense of selling him methamphetamine, instead robbing him.

They face charges of burglary and robbery. Officials didn't specify which one.

After telling his story to KRCR, he went to the police station to turn himself in. "I know the wrong can't be changed but this is the closest I can come to doing the right thing".

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. He hung his head and spoke about the years during which he was consumed with guilt.

"Horrible, horrible, horrible, absolute horror, absolutely horrible since that day", he said.

"Every minute of every day has been a nightmare", Hawkins stated. "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".

Now he wants redemption as a born-again.

"I've been through hell my whole life because of this", Hawkins told the station through tears, saying that he even reached out to McAlister's family past year.

Brian Hawkins, a Northern California man, admitted to a 1993 killing in a television interview, citing the influence of his faith.

Hawkins made the same confession to police that afternoon, the Redding Police Department said. "By the time I got there, his father had passed away", a remorseful Hawkins told the news channel.

Hawkins said he seeks forgiveness.

"I'm not running", he said. "I just hope the community can also forgive me", he said.

Red Bluff A brother and sister from Red Bluff have been arrested in connection with a 1993 Shingletown murder after a third suspect came forward to confess.

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