In 1993, 19-year-old Frank Wesley McAlister was reported missing by his family in Redding, California. Police tried to find him for a year until a hiker found his remains.
The authorities determined that he had been stabbed to death during a robbery.
The case went cold, and for 25 years the family had no answers in regards to who Frank’s killer was. But now, they’re finally getting the closure they need.
Forty-four-year-old Brian Keith Hawkins confessed to playing a part in the young man’s murder. But before turning himself in, he confessed to his deed to a reporter on TV.
“He refused to answer any questions about the case itself but said he wanted people to know that he had found God, and that is what led him to finally do the right thing and confess,” KRCR-TV said.
Just after speaking to the reporter, Hawkins immediately went to police with his confession.
Shanna Culver and her brother, Curtis Culver, were also arrested for their connection to the crime: They allegedly lured their victim before Curtis Culver and Hawkins stabbed him.
Hawkins added, “God and Christ, and these things that have happened over the course of 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… I’ve been through hell my whole life because of this.”
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