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Today’s case is one that is particularly of interest to me because it started in my hometown. In fact, my office is only a few blocks from where this saga began.
If you were on the internet in April and May 2022, you probably saw memes about Casey White and Vicky White who were on the run. The jokes really wrote themselves.
Despite the jokes, I always thought the situation would end tragically. Unfortunately, I turned out to be right, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s talk about the jail escape of Casey White.
Casey White, 38, was a murder defendant awaiting trial at the Lauderdale County jail in Florence, Alabama, for the murder of Connie Ridgeway when corrections officer Vicky White, 56, who had no relation to Casey, escorted Casey White to a mental health evaluation at the local courthouse around the corner. She also said she was going to urgent care after she dropped him off. It was Friday morning, April 29, 2022. By that afternoon, the sheriff’s department knew there was no evaluation and that Vicky didn’t go to that urgent care.
At first, there was a question of whether Vicky was a hostage or an accomplice. That question was answered on May 2 when a warrant was issued for her arrest.
What follows was widely covered in the media-an 11-day manhunt that ended more than 250 miles away in Evansville, Indiana. On May 9, police were tipped off to their location and a car chase ensued. It culminated with a police officer ramming the vehicle causing the driver Casey White to flip over into a ditch. Casey was arrested without incident, but Vicky was pronounced dead hours later after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Vicky White: An Exemplary Corrections Officer
According to Lauderdale County Sherriff Rick Singleton, Vicky White had been a “model employee” for 17 years. He went even further to say that all of the county employees including officers and judges respected her.
She was on the precipice of retirement and looked forward to spending some time at the beach. In fact, that fateful Friday was supposed to be her last shift before her retirement. As a single widow, she seemed to be happy to retire. There was a party planned for her on the afternoon of the escape.
In the weeks leading up to the escape, Vicky sold her house for $95,550.00, which is less than half of the home’s value according to tax records. With that money, she purchased an orange 2007 Ford Edge, which she parked at a nearby shopping center to serve as their getaway vehicle.
Casey White: Criminal with a History Going Back Years
In 2020, Casey White was serving a 75-year sentence for several 2015 crimes including car jacking, a home invasion, attempted murder, robbery and evading arrest when he confessed to the murder of 59-year-old Connie Ridgeway. He was moved from the William E. Donaldson Correction Facility in Jefferson County to the jail in Lauderdale County so he could attend court hearings.
This wasn’t Casey White’s first jailbreak attempt. After being transferred to Lauderdale County, authorities were told that he had a plan to escape and take a hostage. Police searched him and his cell and found a shank. After this, Sherriff Singleton ordered two sworn deputies to always be with him anytime he was transported. Vicky White did not follow this order.
Casey White was an imposing figure, standing 6-foot-9 and weighing 330 pounds who had a Southern Brotherhood tattoo. The Southern Brotherhood is an Alabama-based whit supremacist group. He also had a tattoo of the words “Southern Pride,” a Confederate flag, a swastika and the SS lightning bolt symbol.
Casey White is believed to have met Vicky White in late 2020 when he was in Lauderdale County jail. After the shank incident, Casey was transferred back to prison in Jefferson County.
949 calls were made between Casey White and Vicky White once he was back in Donaldson prison. Most of these calls eventually turned into phone sex. They spoke to each other multiple times a day.
Casey’s mother claims to have never heard of Vicky but she did say he had a pen pal.
Once he was moved back to Lauderdale County to attend hearings in February of 2020, sources say he received special privileges and extra food thanks to Vicky.
Some believe this relationship was simply Casey grooming Vicky into helping him escape, including former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker.
Where is Casey White Now?
Casey White was quickly extradited back to Alabama and sent back to Donaldson prison. He was charged with felony murder for the death of Vicky White. His trial is currently set for December 12, 2022.