A female guard who orchestrated a murder suspect’s escape from a prison in Alabama was in a ‘special relationship’ with the thug, police have revealed, as her mother-in-law suggests that the criminal may have ‘brainwashed’ her.
Vicky and Casey White, who are not related, were seeing each other while he languished in Lauderdale County jail, inmates told cops.
The pair were said to have grown close while the accused killer – who is a 6ft 9in giant – was locked up and she was working.
‘That relationship has been confirmed through our investigation with independent sources and means,’ the department said.
It comes as the US Marshals Service said they suspect the pair are armed with an AR-15 and a shotgun.
Officials also said that the pair may have made off in 2007 Ford Edge that is copper in color.
A statement, which was quickly deleted online, said the vehicle had a bit of damage to the left rear bumper.
Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office confirmed through inmates that Vicky, an assistant director at the prison, and Casey had a ‘special relationship’.
The pair escaped on Friday after Vicky told superiors she was going to take Casey for a mental health evaluation. It was set to be Vicky’s last day of work after two decades of service.
On April 18, she had sold her house below market value for $95,550, local news station WAAY31 reported.
Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Vicky. Her mother-in-law believes the guard ‘may have been brainwashed’ by the criminal.
Corrections officer Vicky White (left) went missing on Friday evening after collecting Casey White, no relation, from county jail by herself in violation of protocol
It comes as the US Marshals Service said the pair may have made off in 2007 Ford Edge that is copper in color
Officials also said that the pair may have made off in 2007 Ford Edge that is copper in color
In 2020, Casey’s request to be transferred out of prison and into the county jail was denied after authorities found a makeshift knife stashed in the shower that they believed he intended to use to force someone to let him out
Vicky and Casey were seeing each other while he languished in Lauderdale County jail, inmates told cops
Vicky’s mother-in-law Frances White told DailyMail.com that Vicky is a ‘sweet’ person who wouldn’t have helped a confessed killer escape.
But her opinion has changed as the days go by and more information about Vicky’s relationship with inmate Casey White comes to light.
Vicky was previously married to Frances’ son Tommy, who died in January of complications from Parkinson’s Disease.
Timeline of Vicky White and Casey White’s disappearance
Friday at 8.47am: Transport Van 5 leaves the Lauderdale County jail with seven inmates escorted by two deputies
8.56am: Transport Van 2 leaves the jail with five inmates also escorted by two deputies
9.20am: Assistant Director Vicky White tells a deputy to prepare inmate Casey White for transport to courthouse. Deputy removes White from his cell, takes him to booking and handcuffs him and shackles his legs.
9.41am: Vicky leaves detention center with Casey and head to the courthouse for a ‘mental health evaluation.’ She told the booking officer that she is the only deputy available who is firearm-certified and that she’s dropping him off to other deputies at the courthouse. Vicky says she’s then going to Med Plus for a personal appointment.
9.49am: Surveillance video shows Vicky’s police cruiser parked at the nearby Florence Square shopping center parking lot eight minutes after leaving the jail. ‘There was not enough time for them to even attempt to try to come to the courthouse,’ Sheriff Rick Singleton said.
11.34am: A Florence Police Department officer spots her cruiser.
3.30pm: Booking officer reports to administration that they’ve been trying to contact Vicky to check on her, and that her phone is going directly to voice mail. The officer also says that Casey was not returned to the detention center with other inmates.
Source: WAAY-TV, Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office
‘I’m just proud he wasn’t still alive, cause he still thought she was a good person,’ Frances told the Daily Beast.
‘I can’t imagine her running off with that guy, but you never know. He walked into a woman’s house and stabbed her.’
Frances says her two surviving sons are also in shock.
‘They can’t believe it either. My oldest son, no way could he picture her leaving with him… It looks like she helped him escape.’
She added: ‘Maybe he’s got her brainwashed. But I don’t know how he’d have had a chance to get her brainwashed, because he was in prison.’
In 2020, Casey’s request to be transferred out of prison and into the county jail was denied after authorities found a makeshift knife stashed in the shower that they believed he intended to use to force someone to let him out.
But he was moved to the jail anyway in order to face capital murder charges for the death of Ridgeway.
On Friday, Vicky White told a booking officer she was escorting Casey to the county courthouse for a mental health evaluation. The move was against protocol for Casey, who was always meant to have at least two guards with him.
No such evaluation was scheduled that day.
‘Being the boss and over the transport, she just informed the booking officer that she was going to carry him to the courthouse and drop him off, which was a flagrant violation of policy,’ Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told CNN.
‘But I’m sure because it was her boss, the booking officer didn’t question it.’
She also said she was going to a medical appointment for herself, which was confirmed by the doctors’ office, but for which she never showed.
Singleton said Casey was ‘handcuffed and shackled’ in the back of Vicky’s patrol car when they both left the county jail that morning.
From there, they went straight to the parking lot of a nearby shopping center.
Surveillance footage shows Vicky’s police cruiser parked at the Florence Square shopping center eight minutes after leaving the jail.
‘There was not enough time for them to even attempt to try to come to the courthouse,’ Singleton said.
The car was spotted in the parking lot an hour-and-a-half later.
Vicky had filed for retirement a day before her disappearance. She was also living with her mother after recently selling her home.
‘All of her co-workers are devastated. We’ve never had any situation like this with Vicky White. She was a model employee,’ Singleton told CNN.
‘If she did this willingly, and all indications are that she did … I guess we’re trying to hold on to that last straw of hope that maybe for some reason she was threatened and did this under coercion, but absolutely you’d feel betrayed,’ he added.
On Monday morning, Singleton told NBC’s Today Show: ‘All indications are that she assisted him escape. The question we’re trying to answer … is, well did she do that willingly or was someone from outside threatening her?’
US Marshals are offering rewards up to $5,000 for information leading to Vicky White and $10,000 for information leading to Casey White
A statement, which was quickly deleted online, said the vehicle had a bit of damage to the left rear bumper
Friday was slated to be her last day on the job, Singleton said Monday afternoon, adding that she ‘talked about going to the beach.’
Vicky may be flush with cash from the recent sale of her home, he said.
The sheriff warned: ‘Casey White is an extremely dangerous person. We need to get him located and get him off the street.’
Vicky is facing charges of ‘permitting or facilitating an escape in the first degree,’ a felony that carries a maximum prison term of 10 years.
But those who knew Vicky say that helping Casey would be out of character for the guard, who was voted ’employee of the year’ four times during her 17 years at the sheriff’s office.
‘This is not the Vicky White we know, by any stretch of the imagination,’ Sheriff Singleton said.
Friday was slated to be her last day on the job, he added, revealing that she ‘talked about going to the beach.’
Vicky’s mother Pat Davis doesn’t believe her daughter would willingly help an inmate she never even talked about.
Before escaping with Casey on Friday, Vicky had sold her house and filed for retirement.
Deputies charged her with ‘permitting or facilitating an escape in the first degree’ on Monday.
Casey White, above in February 2019, was arrested in 2015 for a crime spree in which he shot at his ex-girlfriend. He previously told police he’d kill her if he got out
Connie Ridgeway, 59, was killed in her home at Meadowland Apartments in Rogersville, Alabama in 2015. Casey White said he was paid to kill her
Casey White has been described as a ‘dangerous monster’ who promised to kill his ex-girlfriend if he ever got out.
In December 2015, he broke into a home in Athens and ordered two men to get down on the ground at gunpoint, according to court documents.
He fired multiple shots and left bullet holes in the wall during the rampage but his ex-girlfriend managed to escape.
Two young children were found hiding in the basement, while a dog was found shot dead in a hallway, Fox News reports.
‘He stated that he wanted to kill her and have the police kill him,’ according to a police report.
‘His only regret was that neither was successful. He stated that if he was released he would kill the victim.’
He was eventually convicted on nine counts including attempted murder, kidnapping and animal cruelty and was sentenced to 75 years in prison.
Casey’s arrest at the age of 32 finally came after he engaged in a crime spree that played out in two counties in Tennessee and Alabama in December 2015.
In one night, he staged a home invasion and carjacked two vehicles at gunpoint, shooting one person in the arm, WHNT reports.
The crimes were followed by a chase where speeds reached more than 100 miles per hour.
Vicky’s mother says that her daughter, who was named ’employee of the year’ four times and was living with her after selling her house five weeks ago, never mentioned an inmate
Police are pictured in December 2015 taking Casey into custody after a wild rampage across Tennessee and Alabama that ended in a 100mph car chase, and his stolen car stuck in a field
It ended with a stolen car stuck in a field south of Huntsville, and officers – who were evidently well known to him – pleading with him to put down his gun and give himself up.
He was charged with attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, breaking and entering a vehicle, animal cruelty for shooting a dog and attempting to elude.
While serving time in June 2020, he confessed to killing 59-year-old Connie Ridgeway in a murder-for-hire plot two months before the crime spree.
Ridgeway was killed in her home at Meadowland Apartments in Rogersville, Alabama in 2015, according to WAFF.
He said he was paid to kill her, although no motive for hiring a hitman has ever been disclosed.
He pleaded not guilty on grounds of insanity and was temporarily moved from prison to the Lauderdale County jail to face trial.
That’s when he escaped with the help of Assistant Director of Corrections Vicky White.