A cold case murder almost 25 years old may finally be solved after a California man confessed to a TV station and police that he was among those responsible for the killing.
Hawkins first went to the television station in Redding to discuss his actions before going to the police, according to KRCR-TV.
Brian Keith Hawkins, 44, of Shingletown, called the station to say he wanted to admit his role in the killing, but producers told him the interview wouldn't air until he turned himself in to police, according to KRCR.
Shanna Culver, who was 16 at the time of the killing, told police this week that the four were in the auto, but that McAlister dropped her, her brother and Hawkins off near a Redding park - similar to the story police said the trio had told before.
After reportedly telling investigators he could no "longer live with the guilt", he claimed he had two accomplices in the slayings, siblings Curtis Culver, 45, and Shanna Culver, 46.
"Brian Hawkins and Curtis Culver ultimately stabbed the victim to death and left his body in the woods".
Frank McAlister's death almost 25 years ago had long stumped detectives.
Curtis Culver and Shanna Culver (right). The three had lured McAlister, who had apparently just come into some money from a settlement, to a remote area in a nearby town under the guise of selling him methamphetamine. The trio was booked in the Shasta County jail.More news: Is Los Angeles Joining NYC in the Fight Against Big Oil?
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"Today, the man that did it confessed, and he and two others will now be brought to justice", McAlister's uncle, Jon McAlister, .
'I know the wrong can't be changed but this is the closest I can come to doing the right thing'.
He was arrested on Tuesday following his confession, and the Culver siblings were arrested the next day.
When asked why he was coming forward now, he said: "I've been through hell my whole life because of this".
'Horrible, horrible, horrible, absolute horror, absolutely horrible since that day, ' he told KRCR-TV. "Every minute of every day has been a nightmare", he said. "It's kind of weird, 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". "The trio then took his money and vehicle and drove back to Redding, abandoning the victim's vehicle in the Costco parking lot", Redding police said Wednesday in a news release.
Before leaving the television station, Hawkins said he was no longer running from his past.
Hawkins made the same confession to police that afternoon, the Redding Police Department said. "I just need someone that cares".
After the interview was over, the TV station informed Redding's chief of police and the Shasta County Sheriff's Office that Hawkins was on his way to confess to a crime.