Redding, California: The murder happened on May 7, 1993. A vehicle belonging to 19-year-old Frank McAlister was found covered with blood in the parking lot of Costco in Redding, California so investigators suspected foul play, but they had little to go on.
It was not until April 1994 that Frank's skeletal remains were found by a hiker near Grace Lake and Nora Lake in Shasta County. Frank had been stabbed multiple times in the head and chest.
"The case was investigated for years but ultimately went cold," the Shasta County District Attorney's Office said in a statement.
The break that investigators had been looking for came when Brian Hawkins walked into the KRCR studios on January 9, 2018 and confessed on camera to being a part of a crime "years ago" where "someone lost their life," before calling it "murder."
He stated implicitly that he would turn himself in to the Sheriff's Office next door following the interview expressing remorse that this was the closest he could get to making things right.
"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," Hawkins said.
During that interview Hawkins refused to go into details about what happened, but stated that while he did not know Frank, Curtis Culver and his sister, Shanna Culver did. He stated that they were also accomplices in the murder that happened in 1993.
Hawkins additionally revealed that he had been in contact with Frank's father and had attempted to meet him in person in order to gain his forgiveness, but "by the time I got down there his father passed away."
Two days after Hawkins' confession, on January 11, 2018, both Curtis and Shanna Culver were arrested.
All three have remained in custody since.
In November 2019 Hawkins pled guilty to charges of first degree murder, robbery and additional special allegations. He will be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
On Friday, January 14, the Culver siblings pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter, robbery in concert and multiple assault charges. They are scheduled to be sentenced on February 25, 2022.
According to the statement from the DA's office, Curtis faced a possible sentence of up to 35 years in prison and Shanna faces a possible sentence of 20 years in prison.