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Stunning moment a California man admits to cold-case murder during T.V. interview

January 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Stunning moment a California man admits to cold-case murder during T.V. interview

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In a stunning TV interview, a California man tearfully confessed to the cold-case murder of a teen that took place over two decades ago.

On Tuesday, 45-year-old Brian Hawkins contacted KRCR-TV in Redding and told the staff that he wanted to admit to his participation in the murder of 19-year-old Frank McCalister.

Unable to endure the guilt, Hawkins said could no longer live with the fact that he had been involved in a slaying and that his faith in God directed him to come forward.

After finishing the interview, Hawkins then walked next door and turned himself into authorities, before he turned in two alleged accomplices – his ex-girlfriend and her brother.

KRCR-TV told Hawkins that they would not broadcast the interview until he spoke the police.

After he appeared on camera for a teary interview, Hawkins met with Redding investigators and provided a statement.

Hawkins admitted to committing the cold-case murder in a stunning confession to reporters

He told detectives that he, Curtis Culver, and Shanna Culver took the victim to an area near Hawkins’s hometown of Shingletown and stabbed him.

The three then dumped McCalister’s body in the wooded area and abandoned his vehicle at a local Costco.

Shanna Culver, 46; her brother, Curtis Culver, 45; and Hawkins were arrested and were booked into the Shasta County jail.

They are facing charges of burglary and robbery.

Authorities said that after they were arrested, one of the Culvers admitted to their part in the incident, though it was not clear which one came forward.

“God and Christ and things that have happened over of 25 years have pushed me to do the right thing,” Hawkins said to KRCR-TV on Tuesday before he turned himself into police.

“I know the wrong can’t be changed, but this is the closest I can come to doing the right thing,” he added.

Hawkins later told investigators the, Curtis Culver, and Shanna Culver (above) lured Frank McCalister to an area near Shingletown and stabbed him to death

During the interview, Hawkins started to cry and seemed shaken. He bowed his head and talked about the years during which he was overwhelmed with guilt.

“Every minute has been a nightmare. It’s weird, Frank never got to have a life, but we were teenagers, and now I’m 44 and still haven’t had a life and most likely won’t anyway,” he continued.

Hawkins discussed that he was blindly living his life before he found Christianity, and wants to seek redemption.

“I’ve been through hell my whole life because of this,” he said as he shed tears.

Hawkins said that there wasn’t a time in his life since the murder that he hasn’t felt remorse.

He said that last year he contacted to McCalister’s family.

Hawkins also implicated Culver’s brother Curtis Culver (above) in the murder

“I talked to them and told them I was going to make it there so I could tell them what happened and I wanted forgiveness. By the time I got there, his father had passed away,” Hawkins stated.

The man said he wants forgiveness.

“I’m not running; I just need someone that cares,” he noted. “I hope the community can also forgive me.”

After the interview finished, the TV station called Redding’s chief of police and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office that Hawkins was on his way to admit to murder.

The station told authorities that they would not report the story until its reporters could corroborate what Hawkins had said.

Police said they contacted investigators who had since retired and asked for their assistance in deciphering the cold case.

Detectives said that Hawkins’ admission was their first big break in the case.

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