Death Row child rapist and killer set for lethal injection as last appeal denied

A judicial board has outright denied convicted child killer Frank Atwood clemency at a hearing and said it is high time he should 'accept responsibility for his heinous crimes'.

Atwood, 66, has been on Arizona’s Death Row since 1984 for the brutal murder and rape of eight-year-old Vicki Lynne Hoskinson – a crime he denies.

Speaking at the hearing yesterday (May 24), Attorney General Mark Brnovich said: “Arizona confirmed its resolute message to a child rapist and killer today.

“It’s high time to accept responsibility for your heinous crimes.”

Atwood is now scheduled to be executed on June 8, 2022 however his penultimate days on Death Row have been dogged by controversy due to Arizona's use of cyanide gas for execution.

Similar gas was used by the Nazis to execute millions in World War 2 during the Holocaust.

The last time Arizona used the notorious gas was in the 1990’s and it was equally criticized due to the gruesome deaths of the prisoners.

The Guardian reports that the case caused one man to suffer a prolonged 18-minute death rattle which included “agonising choking and gagging.”

The gas’s use by the Nazi’s during the Holocaust makes it all the more alarming that it is still used for legal executions.

Attwood’s own mother fled Austria in 1939 as her Jewish heritage would have made her a target.

Speaking earlier this year, A member of Atwood’s legal team Joseph Perkovich said: “Cyanide is as bad as everybody thinks it is – there’s a reason the Nazis used it: it’s a horrific way to die.

“We are now in the position of having to dissuade our client from opting to go into a cyanide gas chamber, and we have 15 days to do it.”

It is understood Attwood has chosen to be executed by lethal injection.

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