The escape of hitman Casey Cole White has gripped the United States with the unfolding scandal to reveal many twists about the escaped inmate and high-ranking prison officer Vicky White who busted him out jail on the last day before retirement
The deputy warden of a prison who escaped with her 6ft 9in white supremacist lover left her pursuers floundering.
Vicky White, 56, was until April 29 second in command at Lauderdale County Jail in Alabama.
But that day, she left with brutal mismatch Casey Cole White — no relation — and hasn’t been seen since.
She told her colleagues she was taking the 18th violent bully White, 38, for a mental health check at a courthouse three minutes away.
Instead, the pair quickly switched to a maroon Ford Edge that Vicky had purchased and disappeared.
Sheriff Rick Singleton, the man leading their hunt, told the Mirror: “If I could talk to Vicky I would tell her to surrender.
“Sooner or later, we will find you. Please let this live.
But he admitted that, more than a week after the start of the search involving the FBI, the Marshalls Service and the police, he was left at “square one”.
Vicky White, who was due to retire after 25 years the day after she disappeared, first met Casey in 2020.
He had been brought to Lauderdale County for questioning after writing a letter confessing to the murder of Connie Ridgeway in 2015.
The 59-year-old was found stabbed to death in her Meadowland Apartments home in Rogersville, Alabama.
White said he was a paid hitman, but when charged with murder he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
He was already serving a 75-year sentence for a one-night robbery spree in December 2015.
His night of terror included a burglary, two carjackings and several shootings in northern Alabama and southern Tennessee.
The frenzy left a woman injured and a dog dead.
Since their 2020 meeting, Vicky had regularly driven the two hours to where Casey was incarcerated, at the William E Donaldson Correctional Institution.
She gave a false name to the prison authorities.
Her ex-husband died of Parkinson’s disease in January. Vicky White had no children.
After she and Casey eloped, it emerged she had nine days previously sold her £200,000 home for just £77,000.
Under the pseudonym of April Davis or Renee Marie Maxwell, she bought the brown Ford – and a few other essentials.
White also visited a retailer specializing in plus size men’s clothing as well as Sugar and Spice, a sex-themed store where she bought lingerie and, as the owners hinted, a selection of sex toys. room.
Authorities say the pair are also equipped with an AR-15 rifle, shotgun, pistol and at least £73,000 in cash.
Sugar and Spice owner Mrs. Mary noticed that Vicky White had a strange shuffling walk.
She said: “It was like she was old before her time. She was waddling slowly rather than walking.
“God knows how she managed to escape.”
White, a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, had been moved from his jail cell to the county jail because the state wouldn’t allow his attorney to bring a laptop inside.
Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said the decision was cleared so he could review the evidence with his attorney ahead of his capital murder trial for Ms Ridgeway’s murder in October 2015.
Mr Connolly told the Mirror: “It was an awful affair.
“Certainly, the longer a case remains unsolved, the lower the hope that you can solve it.”
Because Casey Cole White left the prison apparently in the custody of a senior guard, it took a full six hours before authorities realized the couple would not be returning.
Meanwhile, she and her lover had taken back roads to North Tennessee – but their well-planned flight appears to have encountered at least one problem.
Authorities say their Ford Edge SUV appears to have broken down. He was found abandoned on a country lane.
Jennifer Carr, who lives near where the car was found, told us: “It was left in the middle of the lane and stood out so much. But there was no sign of anyone.
“They could have been picked up or hidden in the woods, but within seconds they were gone.”
“It’s scary to think they’re on the loose. But, we have our guns ready and are now closing our doors just in case. Vicky’s colleagues, who were planning her retirement party, are furious.
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Not only did she betray their profession, but they first thought she had been kidnapped.
A prison officer said: ‘This job was never for the faint-hearted.
“We are trained not to let emotion take hold, but when Vicky disappeared many were in tears.
“They were preparing to say goodbye because of his retirement.
“Instead she said kiss my ass and left with her lover.”
But not everyone is so convinced of Vicky White’s guilt.
Her mother Pat Davis, who lived next door to her daughter, told us exclusively, “People need to stop judging Vicky before the facts come out.
“She’s my daughter. I know her better than anyone.
“You all believe she was behind it, but no one knows. They have to let the facts out.
“I just want her to be found safe.”