Killer Atwood sues over religious visits

2013-02-05T00:00:00Z 2013-02-06T08:04:28Z Killer Atwood sues over religious visitsKim Smith Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Tucson man convicted in the 1984 kidnapping and killing of Vicki Lynne Hoskinson, 8, has filed a lawsuit against state prison officials over his religious freedoms.

Frank Jarvis Atwood,, 57, complains in his lawsuit that prison officials are no longer allowing him to meet with his priest two hours per week as he has done for the past 12 years. Instead, Atwood says he can meet with his priest only one hour per month, and that isn't enough time to perform the "required elements of his religion."

Atwood was baptized into the Greek Orthodox Christian Church in July 2000, Atwood states in his lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Vicki, a Homer Davis Elementary School student, disappeared in 1984 while mailing a letter. Her bicycle was abandoned a few blocks from her home.

Witnesses said they saw Atwood driving a dark-colored Datsun 280Z near the school about the time of the kidnapping and wrote down his license number. He was arrested in Texas after experts learned pink paint on Atwood's front bumper matched that on Vicki's bike.

Vicki's skeletal remains were found at the west end of Ina Road on April 12, 1985, seven months after she disappeared.


Copyright 2015 Arizona Daily Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Follow the Arizona Daily Star

Deals, offers & events

View more...
Get weekly ads via e-mail