Kristi's Kids

Sep 18, 2013 12:32 AM by Kristi Tedesco

29 years after her death, Vicki Lynne's killer gets a hearing

TUCSON - September 17th is a day of reflection and mourning for Vicki Lynne Hoskinson's family and long-time Tucsonans. On that day, in 1984, 8 year old Vicki Lynne was kidnapped, taken into the desert, sexually assaulted and stabbed to death.

Stephanie Hoskinson-Brandt found her sister's abandoned, pink bicycle in the middle of the road and her life immediately changed.

Stephanie tells Kristi's Kids, "sometimes I think I'm just gonna wake up from a bad dream... She had that personality, and those eyes that would just look at you and melt your heart... It's hard to imagine, after all these years, what she would be doing now."

29 years later, Vicki Lynne's convicted killer- Frank Jarvis Atwood- has won a hearing in federal court. He still claims he didn't kill Vicki Lynne. He also claims, his original attorney didn't give him effective representation, during the sentencing phase of his trial.

Atwood believes, had a mental health expert been called to talk about his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (from a childhood filled with sex and drug abuse,) there would have been sympathy for him. He believes, the sentencing judge would have given him life in prison instead of death.

Atwood is scheduled to appear in federal court October 7th, 8th and 9th. Vicki Lynne's sister and parents will also be there. They're traveling to Tucson from Montana. Kristi's Kids will be there.

A fund is being set-up to help Vicki Lynne's family with their legal/travel-related expenses. To learn more, click here:

To follow Stephanie's blog (and her thoughts about Vicki Lynne,) click here:


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