This case is so sad. This boy died because of somebody’s Meth habit. This town has been haunted from the senseless murder of this young boy. And did you realize that many of the times, the guilty party was already under suspicion? 23 years this mother wondered who did this to her boy and now she finally knows. Hopefully this is closure.
Redding, CA – A Shingletown man who said he could no “longer live with the guilt” regarding his role in a 1993 murder, called up a local TV station wishing to confess, according to officers with the Redding Police Department. He, along with two others, are now under arrest.
Brian Keith Hawkins, 44, made a statement to the KRCR news station crew, who then contacted Redding Police Chief Roger Moore about Hawkins’ involvement in the murder of 19-year-old Frank Wesley McAlister.
McAlister’s remains were found in 1994 in Shingletown, near Grace and Nora lakes.
McAlister’s 81-year-old grandmother, Avis Rice of Anderson, said Thursday she and her family were taken aback by the arrests after all these years.
“It is such a shock to us,” she said.
Although family members are relieved that the case may have finally been solved, she said, they are also a bit saddened because it has dredged up old memories.
She said she and her family had long suspected that Hawkins and the two others arrested were responsible for McAlister’s death.
Redding Police Capt. Eric Wallace said Thursday he contacted McAlister’s mother, who lives in Arkansas, to tell her about the arrests.
He said she was also relieved to learn that arrests in the cold case have finally been made, adding she had been haunted by her son’s death.
“She’s struggled over the years,” he said.
Hawkins voluntarily met with Redding Police investigators on Tuesday to provide a statement, telling them that he, along with Curtis Dean Culver, 45, and Culver’s sister, Shanna Nichole Culver, 41, murdered McAlister by luring him to Shingletown. The three intended to rob McAlister of his money so they could purchase methamphetamine.
Once McAlister made it to Shingletown, the three conspired to murder him instead, police said.
Hawkins and Curtis Culver stabbed McAlister to death, and dumped his body in the woods, police said. The three took off with the money and McAlister’s car to Redding. They abandoned the car in the Costco parking lot, police said.
McAlister’s family reported him missing a short time later, and when investigators discovered his abandoned vehicle full of blood in the Costco parking lot, they suspected foul play. McAlister’s remains were found about a year later by a person hiking the Grace and Nora lakes area.
The statement Hawkins gave investigators matched evidence in the case, police said, adding the two others also made “incriminating” statements after their arrests.
Curtis Culver and Shanna Culver were contacted Wednesday in Red Bluff, and taken to the Redding Police Department for questioning. The two, along with Hawkins, were arrested and booked into Shasta County Jail for McAlister’s homicide.
In 1993, the Culvers and Hawkins denied any involvement in his disappearance or knowing McAlister’s whereabouts. They were the last to see him alive.
Investigators said they’ve chased numerous leads and examined physical evidence collected in connection to the homicide for the past 24 years.
McAlister’s father, Doug, who died in October, said in a May 1993 interview with the Record Searchlight that his son was carrying thousands of dollars when he was last seen alive.
Family members said at that time that Frank McAlister had been in a car accident in March that year, and the day he was last seen he had received approximately $4,500 for an insurance settlement.
Doug McAlister had said he had searched through brush, asked questions, but had come up empty while trying to find what happened to his son.
“This is just driving me nuts,” he said in the 1993 interview.
Police said Frank McAlister was reported missing May 7, 1993, by his girlfriend and that officers found his bloodstained and abandoned car later that same day.
In a Facebook post, McAlister’s uncle, Jon McAlister, wrote about the arrests of those allegedly responsible for his nephew’s death.
“Today, the man that did it confessed, and he and two others will now be brought to justice,” he wrote.
Unfortunately, he said, his brother, who was certain of those responsible for Frank McAlister’s death, died before those arrests were made.
“Some closure, but the passing of Frank’s father, my brother, a couple of months ago (is) too little, too late,” he wrote.
Electronic court records show that Hawkins had a criminal record dating back to 1991 that included arrests for drunken driving, hit-and-run, burglary, receiving stolen property and corporal injury to a spouse.
Curtis Culver has an arrest record in Shasta County that includes possession of a controlled substance, obstruction and the manufacture of weapons.
His sister, according to court records, also has a criminal history that includes arrests for possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia, as well as petty theft and child abuse.
Record Searchlight archives also show that Shanna Culver was involved in an April 2002 traffic collision that killed a 35-year-old Oakland area man. Phillip Lamont Jackson was hit by a pickup driven by Culver, who told police the man was standing in the road.
Police said Culver had not been drinking and no citations were issued.
Anyone with information regarding the McAlister homicide is asked to contact the Redding Police Department at 530-225-4200.
On another note. I know his partners in crime are mad as hell. I know if they could kill him they would. You know that they thought they’d gotten away with this. They had moved on with their pathetic useless lives and now they’ll have to answer for what they did. That’s some true KARMA.