Vicky White news - latest: Recordings of jailhouse phone calls prove guard’s relationship with Casey White

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Capital murder suspect Casey White is likely to face new charges following his prison break, according to the DA prosecuting his case.

In the aftermath of his 10-day evasion — made possible with the help of correctional officer Vicky White, who died by suicide during a police chase — more details have emerged about how the couple managed to stay under the radar for more than week.

Dramatic police footage captured the moment a nationwide manhunt ended in Indiana earlier this week after White, an inmate serving a 75-year sentence for attempted murder, was apprehended and his 56-year-old lover Ms White’s body was pulled from a wrecked vehicle. She died from what a coroner ruled to be a self-inflicted shooting wound.

A chilling 911 call released following the crash revealed Ms White telling the capital murder suspect: “Let’s get out and run”. She also appeared to blame White for wanting to stay “at a f****** motel” moments before their crash.

An investigation into the ordeal is still ongoing as police face mounting questions over how the fugitives evaded capture for over a week.

Key Points

  • Casey White could face more charges following breakout

  • Unanswered questions Vicky White takes to the grave

  • Casey White’s mother claims he is ‘devastated’ by Vicky White’s death

  • Funeral arrangements announced for Vicky White

  • Dramatic police footage shows moment Casey White captured

  • 911 audio captures Vicky White’s last moments alive

  • Vicky White and inmate lover carried out dry run of Alabama prison break

  • Casey White’s long history with the law

From employee of the year to fugitive: Unanswered questions Vicky White takes to the grave

07:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Former mother-in-law Frances White and longtime colleague Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly tell Rachel Sharp why the community is struggling to reconcile the model employee and “really nice person” they knew with the Vicky White who was at the centre of a dramatic – and fatal – manhunt.

Read the full story here:

Employee of the year to fugitive: Unanswered questions Vicky White takes to the grave

Casey White devastated as prison guard ‘wife’ Vicky White is buried

06:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Casey White is devastated over the loss of his prison “wife,” after Vicky White shot herself on Monday as police closed in on the couple during a car chase.

“I spoke to him yesterday and he was crying and saying he couldn’t believe she was gone,” Connie Moore, Mr White’s mother said, adding that Ms White was “really, really good to him–just being there for him, talking with him. They had a real thing.”

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Casey White ‘crying’ as guard ‘wife’ Vicky White who engineered escape is buried

Police phone call recordings show relationship between guard Vicky White and Alabama inmate Casey White

05:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Recorded jailhouse phone calls between Vicky White and Casey White help prove the prison guard was having a relationship with the Alabama inmate before the two went on the run, according to police.

Lauderdale County sheriff, Rick Singleton said: “You think you know someone. And it turns out you really don’t know them at all.”

Read the full story by Josh Marcus here:

Police call recordings show relationship between guard Vicky White and Alabama inmate

Vicky White’s family still in disbelief over prison escape

04:30 , Josh Marcus

Vicky White’s former mother-in-law has said that she “can’t understand” why the “really nice” person she knew for almost her entire life would have gone on the run with a dangerous inmate before shooting herself dead.

Frances White told The Independent that “it just makes you sick” knowing that the 56-year-old corrections officer who was once married to her son wound up at the centre of a well-planned prison escape and nationwide manhunt with a convict accused of stabbing a 58-year-old mother-of-two to death.

“This just makes you sick. I can’t understand why she did this,” she said.

The full story is here.

Vicky White’s mother-in-law ‘can’t understand’ why she went on run with inmate

What a 911 call reveals about Vicky White’s final moments

03:30 , Josh Marcus

Chilling 911 audio has captured the moment that Alabama corrections officer Vicky White told her jailhouse lover “let’s get out and run” moments before investigators say she fatally shot herself in the head.

The audio, released on Tuesday night, reveals the 56-year-old’s final moments and the last words she said to Casey Cole White, the 38-year-old convict who she allegedly helped break out of jail and went on the run with for 10 days.

The Whites, who are not related or married and are said to have been in a relationship for the last two years, were finally tracked down to Evansville, Indiana, on Monday following a huge, national manhunt.

Rachel Sharp has more.

Chilling 911 call captures Vicky White’s last words before her death

WATCH: The moment police caught up with Casey and Vicky White

02:30 , Josh Marcus

Dramatic police footage has been released of the moment that capital murder suspect Casey Cole White was captured and his prison guard lover Vicky White’s body was pulled from their vehicle with a gun still in her hand.

Evansville Police Department shared the footage on Tuesday night as the coroner ruled the 56-year-old corrections officer’s death a suicide and the 38-year-old career criminal was sent back to Alabama to face charges.

Shocking 911 audio also revealed that Ms White was on the phone to a 911 dispatcher at the time of the crash and urged her lover of two years “let’s get out and run” moments before apparently shooting herself in the head.

For more context on the footage, here’s our story.

Police footage of capture of fugitives Casey White and Vicky White

What’s next for Casey White after re-arrest?

01:30 , Josh Marcus

Prosecutors have not ruled out the possibility that Alabama escapee Casey White will face charges over the death of his jailhouse lover Vicky White.

Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly told The Independent that White, 38, could face fresh charges over the doomed prison escape and 10-day manhunt as the investigation continues.

“I intend to prosecute him both for the capital murder and the escape and other related charges that we are looking at,” he said.

Rachel Sharp has more.

Casey White could face further charges over doomed prison escape, says prosecutor

ICYMI: Everything we know about dead Alabama prison officer and murder suspect she disappeared with

Monday 16 May 2022 00:28 , Josh Marcus

Want the whole story on how Vicky White and Casey White met in prison, ran from the law, and got caught?

Here’s a great place to start.

Everything we know about dead Alabama prison officer and murder suspect

What happened in the Connie Ridgeway murder, the 2015 case tied to the Casey White jailbreak?

Sunday 15 May 2022 22:13 , Josh Marcus

The escape of Casey White and Vicky White from an Alabama county jail has brought attention back to a nearly decade-old stabbing.

In 2015, 58-year-old mother of two Connie Ridgeway was found stabbed in her apartment in Rogersville, Alabama.

The case went unsolved for five years until White sent a letter to the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office confessing to the crime in 2020.

During a subsequent interview with authorities, he allegedly gave details about the crime that had not been made public and which only the killer could have known.

He was charged with two counts of capital murder in 2020.

Prosecutors say he was paid to carry out the hit on his victim. It is not clear how much money he made.

After confessing to the murder, White initially pleaded guilty before changing his plea to not guilty by reason of mental illness.

His trial is scheduled to begin in June and, if convicted, he faces the death penalty.

Rachel Sharp had this story on all the details of the 2015 case.

Casey White claimed he didn’t kill Connie Ridgeway as he was captured, say police

Prosecutors, coworkers mourn death of Vicky White online

Sunday 15 May 2022 21:44 , Josh Marcus

Vicky White, the Alabama prison guard who led authorities on an 11-day manhunt, was buried on Saturday, and her colleagues have taken to social media to mourn the corrections officer.

Officials in Indiana ruled that she died by suicide while fleeing police along with boyfriend Casey White, a county inmate she helped break out of prison.

“I choose to not judge her on the worst decision she ever made in her life,” the Lauderdale County District Attorney’s Office wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

The sentiment echoes the famous words of civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson, whose adage, “I believe that each person is more than the worst thing they’ve ever done,” is popular in criminal justice reform circles.

“Those of you that did not have the pleasure of knowing this amazing woman I don’t expect you to understand the hurt we feel,” Billy Risner, a coworker of White’s at the Lauderdale County Sheriffs Department, added on Facebook. “Only thing you know is what you have seen on the news.”

He described how White was an effective police officer and supportive friend, offering her support when his brother was shot.

Police phone call recordings show relationship between guard Vicky White and Alabama inmate Casey White

Sunday 15 May 2022 21:14 , Josh Marcus

Recorded jailhouse phone calls between Vicky White and Casey White help prove the prison guard was having a relationship with the Alabama inmate before the two went on the run, according to police.

“You think you know someone,” Lauderdale County sheriff, Rick Singleton, whose office oversees the Lauderdale County correctional center where the couple made their daring escape, told The Guardian. “And it turns out you really don’t know them at all.”

Correctional officer Vicky White met Casey White in 2020 at the Lauderdale County Correctional Facility, and kept in touch when he was transferred temporarily to state prison, before returning.

Once the pair went missing in late April, police spoke with detainees who said the two had been in a romantic relationship, a fact confirmed by recordings of calls made between the two, Mr Singleton said.

Josh Marcus has the full story.

Police call recordings show relationship between guard Vicky White and Alabama inmate

How guard Vicky White broke her boyfriend out Alabama prison

Sunday 15 May 2022 18:27 , Josh Marcus

In the days since Casey White’s capture, a clearer picture has emerged of how prison guard Vicky White broke him out of Alabama in the first place.

Using her position as a senior official, she sent 12 inmates and five deputies to court on the day of the escape in late April, leaving her as the last remaining police official in the prison with transport privileges.

From there, she said she was taking Casey White to a mental health evaluation in court, though no such appointment existed.

The jail official then ditched her patrol cruiser and drove off in a 2007 Ford Edge she bought with a false name.

Another inside job in jail, this time in Louisiana?

Sunday 15 May 2022 18:07 , Josh Marcus

A security guard at a Louisiana youth prison is suspected of helping three teens escape custody on Saturday.

“Oncoming day shift employees discovered that three male juvenile residents, with help from a female WYC [Ware Youth Detention Center] security guard, had escaped the juvenile detention facility approximately four hours earlier,” the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook.

Surveillance video captured guard Victoria Tune, 21, driving three boys away from the facility in a 2010 Pontiac.

Police later caught up with the foursome after a multi-agency investigation tracked them to a Houston, Texas, motel, and arrested the entire group.

GoFundMe page raises over $3,300 for #CarWashJames who spotted Vicky White

Sunday 15 May 2022 17:26 , Josh Marcus

Indiana car wash employee James Stinson noticed something funny about a truck left at the business days on end.

“I noticed the car hanging out of the bay, which was unusual. It kept sitting there … Every time I left and came back, the truck was still there,” Mr Stinson told News Nation.

Stranger still, the truck had Tennessee license plates, which struck him as odd.

“I walked up to the truck and went, ‘Oh my God, it’s probably this guy from Alabama,’” he added.

He called police, and the tip eventually worked its way up to the US Marshals service, helping lead to the Vicky and Casey White’s capture in the town of Evansville, Indiana, following a car chase.

Now, a GoFundMe page for Mr Stinson, known to some as #CarWashJames has raised $3,316 out of a total $25,000 goal.

The page was organised by Mark White, who says he is a “friend and advocte” of the family of Connie Ridgeway, a woman Casey White confessed to murdering in 2015.

“We have sought justice for Connie since that day,” Mr White wrote. “After speaking with Connie’s son, Austin, we decided that we would create our own fundraiser.”

Police have calls proving relationship between Vicky and Casey White

Sunday 15 May 2022 17:05 , Josh Marcus

Recorded jailhouse phone calls between Vicky White and Casey White help prove the prison guard was having a relationship with the Alabama inmate, according to police.

The pair met in 2020 at the Lauderdale County Correctional Facility, and kept in touch when White was transferred temporarily to state prison.

Once the pair went missing in late April, police spoke with detainees who said the two had been in a romantic relationship, a fact confirmed by records of calls made between the two, Lauderdale County sheriff Rick Singleton told The Guardian.

Large crowd attends Vicky White’s funeral in Alabama

Sunday 15 May 2022 16:46 , Josh Marcus

An estimated 200 or so people were in attendance for Vicky White’s funeral in Alabama, including law enforcement officials who the corrections officer stunned by helping inmate and boyfriend Casey White bust out from prison last month.

The service, on a sunny afternoon afternoon in the town of Lexington, took place about 25 miles away from the county jail where Mr White made his escape.

Multiple members of the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department, which runs the jail, were there for the funeral, though Sheriff Rick Singleton was not, the Daily Mail reports.

“I think everyone is just tired and numb at this point,” Jason Butler, director of the Lauderdale County Correctional Facility, told the publication. “I choose to focus on the Vicky I know – she was a good friend and a good colleague for 16 years.”

The eulogy reportedly made no mention of the dramatic manhunt for the couple.

Stockings, sex toys, and a conversation with an old acquaintance: Vicky White’s days before jailbreak revealed

Saturday 14 May 2022 20:29 , Josh Marcus

In the days leading up to her daring jailbreak of alleged boyfriend Casey White, Vicky White browsed the selection at an Alabama sex shop, according to an employee.

Anna Jackson, an employee at Florence, Alabama, adult shop Sugar & Spice, said she knew Vicky from a stint in prison and saw the corrections official in the store in late April.

Ms White bought a pair of sexy stockings, and browsed the sex toy selection, Ms Jackson told The Daily Mail.

“I knew Vicky from when I spent four months in Lauderdale County Jail a while back,” she said.

Vicky White also visited a Kohl’s store around that time to buy men’s clothes for Casey, the Mail reports.

The store worker said Vicky White had previously been supportive of her while in prison and struggling with addiction.

“I was in active addiction then and Vicky was the one who transported me for my court dates and what not, so we had an opportunity to talk to each other,” she told the Mail, adding, “One of my court dates I was having a hard time coping and seeing what my life was going to be like and Vicky was the one who said, ‘You got this.’”

However, on the day of their encounter, Ms Jackson said White seemed rushed and distracted.

Vicky White funeral under way

Saturday 14 May 2022 19:27 , Josh Marcus

A funeral is under way for Vicky White, an Alabama corrections official who helped inmate and lover Casey White escape a county jail, leading police on an 11-day manhunt where Ms White died by suicide as police closed in, according to officials.

The service is taking place at Center Hill Cemetery in Lexington, Alabama, about 24 miles away from the jail where the couple made their dramatic escape.

WATCH: Dramatic police footage shows moment Casey White is captured and Vicky White is pulled from car gun in hand

Saturday 14 May 2022 18:31 , Josh Marcus

Dramatic police footage has been released of the moment that capital murder suspect Casey Cole White was captured and his prison guard lover Vicky White’s body was pulled from their vehicle with a gun still in her hand.

Evansville Police Department shared the footage on Tuesday night as the coroner ruled the 56-year-old corrections officer’s death a suicide and the 38-year-old career criminal was sent back to Alabama to face charges.

Shocking 911 audio also revealed that Ms White was on the phone to a 911 dispatcher at the time of the crash and urged her lover of two years “let’s get out and run” moments before apparently shooting herself in the head.

Ms White and White, who was serving a 75-year sentence and awaiting a murder trial for the slaying of a 58-year-old woman, were finally tracked down to Evansville, Indiana, on Monday after spending 10 days on the run.

Catch up on the dramatic footage here with this story from Rachel Sharp.

Police footage of capture of fugitives Casey White and Vicky White

Twitter wonders: Who will play Vicky White in the TV version?

Saturday 14 May 2022 18:02 , Josh Marcus

It seems hardly a day goes by without a true crime story being given the premium TV treatment, from HBOMax’s The Staircase, to Hulu’s The Dropout.

Officials are still unraveling the story of how corrections official Vicky White helped break out alleged lover Casey White from an Alabama prison, but that hasn’t stopped some rather macabre speculation online about who might play Ms White in the glossy TV dramatisation.

Some suggested Charlize Theron and Adam Driver to play the pair of fugitives, while another commenter joked it should be Patricia Arquette.

Vicky White’s funeral set for Saturday in Alabama

Saturday 14 May 2022 17:32 , Josh Marcus

Vicky White, the corrections official who allegedly aided in the escape of Alabama inmate Casey White, before taking her own life during a police manhunt, will be buried on Saturday at 1pm CT at a cemetery in Lexington, Alabama.

In addition to a small number of family members at the service, anonymous members of the public appear to be offering support on an online memorial wall.

“I pray for all of you to have the peace that passes all understanding,” wrote one commenter. “I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter, sister, friend, loved one. I did not know Vicky but I am sure she’s in heaven resting in the arms of God now.”

What Casey White’s tattoos reveal about links to neo-Nazi prison gang

Saturday 14 May 2022 17:02 , Josh Marcus

Captured fugitive Casey White may be a part of a white supremacist prison gang called the Southern Brotherhood, according to the US Marshals Service.

During the hunt for the rogue couple, officials released prison photos of Mr White’s tattoos, which were filled with Confederate and neo-Nazi imagery.

The group, according to the Anti-Defamation League, is a “large, Alabama-based white supremacist prison gang.”

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Who is Vicky White?

Saturday 14 May 2022 16:32 , Josh Marcus

An attempted murder. An alleged secret relationship. A multi-state manhunt.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has all the details on the wild story of Vicky White and Casey White, a jail official and inmate who broke out of prison in Alabama and went on the run.

Read more here.

Employee of the year to fugitive: Unanswered questions Vicky White takes to the grave

Vicky White voted ‘employee of the year’ five times, set to receive award again this week

Saturday 14 May 2022 04:59 , Graig Graziosi

Before prison guard Vicky White was accused of helping orchestrate the escape of her jail lover Casey White, she was not only well-liked among her Lauderdale County colleagues, but also well respected enough to earn the award “employee of the year” five times – including as recently as this year.

The 56-year-old correctional officer was tracked down on Monday alongside 38-year-old capital murder suspect Casey White, who she was reportedly in a “special relationship” with for the past two years, bringing the 11-day manhunt to a close.

White surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody while Ms White was found suffering a gunshot wound to the head. She was rushed to hospital where she died from her injuries hours later.

Ms White had earned the award, voted on by her peers, five times in the past eight years, The New York Post reported.

“I think it just shows the kind of person that we thought she was. No one that worked with her and knows her ever saw anything like this coming,” said Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton in an interview with The Post on Wednesday.

ICYMI: How Casey White and guard Vicky White stayed on the run

Saturday 14 May 2022 03:30 , Graig Graziosi

It didn’t help that fugitive lovers Casey White and Vicky White (no relation) had a six-hour headstart on law enforcement when they made their break from Lauderdale County jail. But no one could’ve predicted that the assistant director of corrections of the facility and the 38-year-old capital murder suspect would be on the lam for 11 days.

But the nationwide manhunt came to a dramatic end on Monday with a police chase, car crash and Ms White allegedly shooting herself dead.

Continue reading the full story that lays out some of the apparently missed opportunities that enabled the corrections officer and the inmate to slip through the net for more than a week.

How Alabama inmate and guard stayed on the run for 10 days amid nationwide manhunt

Petitions circulate for ‘Car Wash James’ to receive award money offered for information on escaped fugitives

Saturday 14 May 2022 02:30 , Graig Graziosi

A petition has been started to pressure law enforcement and the Governor of Alabama to pay up on their reward offers to “Car Wash James,” the car wash owner who called police when he spotted capital murder suspect Casey White and corrections officer Vicky White in Indiana.

The US Marshal Service announced a total $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest White and information on Ms White, and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey offered a total of $10,000 for the capture of the couple.

Amber Savallo, who started the petition, told WSILTV that the car wash owner, James Stinson, should be rewarded for his report.

“He said if you see something, say something and he did. I just really hope that James can get that from them because I feel like he deserves it 100%,” Ms Savallo said.

Casey White claims he was also shot in the head, say police report

Saturday 14 May 2022 01:30 , Graig Graziosi

Alabama capital murder suspect Casey Cole White claimed that he had also been shot in the head as he was pulled from the car wreck where his jailhouse lover Vicky White lay dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a police report.

New documents, filed by Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and seen by The Independent, reveal that the 38-year-old also had “a small amount of blood” on the back of his head when he was taken into police custody on Monday at the end of a 10-day manhunt, according to police.

Read the full story by Rachel Sharp here:

Casey White claims he was also shot in the head, says police report

Video showed officers pulling Ms White from car

Saturday 14 May 2022 00:30 , Graig Graziosi

Footage released by Evansville Police Department on Tuesday night showed the moments before the 56-year-old corrections officer’s death and arrest of her 38-year-old lover, who was sent back to Alabama.

Officers can be seen taking White into custody and putting the capital murder suspect in handcuffs. Another police body camera video shows officers removing the body of Ms White from the car.

As Rachel Sharp reports, a gun was also retrieved, and a corner later ruled her death to be of a self-inflcited wound.

Police footage of capture of fugitives Casey White and Vicky White

Investigation into ex-girlfriend’s death reopened

Friday 13 May 2022 23:30 , Graig Graziosi

Police have reportedly reopened an investigation into the death of escaped Alabama inmate Casey Cole White’s former girlfriend, Christy Shelton.

The 31-year-old died on 1 February 2008 after she was shot in the chest by a sawed-off shotgun inside an Alabama home belonging to White’s mother.

White, who was in a relationship with Ms Shelton at the time, was cleared as a suspect and the case was closed after her death was ruled a suicide.

Her family have always doubted that finding however, and as Rachel Sharp reports, recent events have led to the investigation being reopened:

Police reopen probe into Casey White’s ex-girlfriend’s mysterious shooting suicide

ICYMI: Casey White claimed he is innocent of Connie Ridgeway murder after capture

Friday 13 May 2022 22:30 , Graig Graziosi

Capital murder suspect Casey Cole White claimed that he was innocent of the brutal killing of 58-year-old mother-of-two Connie Ridgeway almost as soon as he was captured, according to a police report.

At the hospital, the report mentions that “Mr White also kept stating that he did not kill Connie Ridgeway.” Police said that White also continued to ask about the condition of his “wife” Vicky White.

Read the full story here:

Casey White claimed he didn’t kill Connie Ridgeway as he was captured, say police