A killer who couldn't live with the guilt, admits to Shingletown murder in 1993

Frank McCalister was reported missing in 1993 when he was 19 years old. A year later his remains were found near Shingletown. Now, 24 years later, a man confesses to the murder.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2018 7:08 PM
Updated: Jan. 11, 2018 9:40 AM

A killer who couldn't live with the guilt, admits to Shingletown murder in 1993.

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Redding Police Chief Roger Moore was contacted by a local media organization after the suspect, Brian Hawkins, 45, of Shingletown stated he wanted to speak to law enforcement regarding his involvement in the homicide of Frank McCalister.  McCalister was 19 years old when he was reported missing in May of 1993.  His remains were found in 1994 in Shingletown near Grace and Nora Lakes, and his death was ruled a homicide.

On the afternoon of January 9, 2018, Hawkins voluntarily came to the Redding Police Department to provide a statement. Hawkins told investigators in May of 1993, he along with Curtis Culver and Shanna Culver murdered Frank McCalister. Curtis Culver, now 45, and Shanna Culver, 46, are brother and sister and reside in Red Bluff.

Hawkins told Investigators he could no longer live with the guilt and wanted to clear his conscious.  Hawkins told police he, with the help of Curtis and Shanna Culver lured the victim to the Shingletown area for the purpose of robbing him of money he had to purchase methamphetamine.  Hawkins claims he and Curtis Culver stabbed the victim to death and left his body in the woods. The trio then took his money and vehicle and drove back to Redding, abandoning the victim's vehicle in the Costco parking lot.

When McCalister's vehicle was discovered, investigators suspected foul play as there was a large amount of blood in the vehicle. The victim's remains were found almost a year later by a citizen hiking in the Grace and Nora Lakes area.

In 1993, Investigators learned Brian Hawkins, Curtis and Shanna Culver were the last people to see the victim alive, but they denied involvement in his disappearance.

Hawkins statement to police Tuesday corroborated the evidence in this case. Today Curtis and Shanna Culver were contacted in Red Bluff and taken to the Redding Police Department and questioned regarding their involvement. Hawkins and Curtis and Shanna Culver were later arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail for the homicide of Frank McCalister.

During the past 24 years, many Investigators have followed numerous leads and examined physical evidence collected in connection to this homicide.  Anyone who has information regarding this homicide is asked to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200.   

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