Sometimes, it takes a person a long time to do the right thing. In some instances, that long time can be a quarter of a century, but just the same, if the person is truly repentant, the guilt will take its toll. That is certainly the case for Brian Keith Hawkins, 44, a recently born-again Christian whose soul could simply not live with the guilt that it had acquired.
In what MSN News calls a “riveting” television confession, Hawkins “shed tears and claimed that he murdered a teenager in Northern California nearly 25 years ago.” The man went to KRCR-TV in Redding, California, and proclaimed that “he wanted to confess to the 1993 killing of Frank McAlister” and admitted that his “newfound faith” led him to make the confession.
The station said that they would accept the interview that the confessed killer was offering to give but “could not air it until after he turned himself in and police corroborated” his claims.
“I know the wrong can’t be changed but this is the closest I can come to doing the right thing,” Hawkins admitted. He even took the unheard of step of naming “two siblings” who are alleged to have helped in some say, Curtis Culver, 45, and Shanna Culver, 46. They, too, have been arrested.
It took a year after McAlister was reported as missing for police to find the man’s body. The victim’s grandmother, Avis Rice, said that her family is utterly amazed that all of these years later, justice is to be dealt out. A closure may yet happen for those who have lived with the terrible pain of mystery.
“It is a shock,” she said.
A quarter of a century ago, “they set up a phony drug deal in Shingletown,” with the intent of robbing the victim. McAlister was showing up with the goal of buying meth and Hawkins, along with his siblings, were fully aware of it. Reports have said that “Hawkins and Curtis Culver stabbed him to death” and they left the body in the woods.
McAlister’s car was “dumped” in the parking lot of a nearby Coscos.
While this is a very sinister admission, this is no deathbed confession. Hawkins, at only 44, likely has a lot of life ahead of him. It can be imagined that he has forsaken the entire second half of his life in order to set the record right.
While nothing can bring back the life of the fallen man, it is hoped that this confession brings about a bit of comfort to a family that has waited for 25 long years for these very answers.