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How Vicky White, Casey White spent 11 days on the lam in Alabama jailbreak

In an obscure Indiana city on the banks of the Ohio River, the 11-day manhunt for escaped convict Casey Cole White and his jailboss girlfriend Vicky White got here to a crashing finish.

The Alabama fugitives, who’d been in a “jailhouse romance” for practically two years earlier than Vicky broke Casey out of the Lauderdale County jail on April 29, had been discovered hiding in plain sight at a dingy, roadside motel some 300 miles away on Monday.

With cops sizzling on their tail, they fled the Motel 41 in Evansville and led police on a chase that ended later that afternoon when members of the US Marshals Service rammed into the couple’s newest getaway automotive, sending it careening right into a ditch.

The pair had deliberate to finish their time on the run in a bloody blaze of glory by beginning a shootout with police — however as a substitute, Vicky turned the gun on herself the second cops closed in, whereas Casey surrendered.

Contained in the Cadillac the couple had been driving, police discovered greater than $29,000 in money, a collection of wigs they used to disguise themselves and a small arsenal, together with 4 handguns and an AR-15, police stated.

Guns inside Vicky White's car
Officers discovered arsenal of weapons contained in the couple’s automotive.
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41 Motel
The Bonnie and Clyde duo stayed on the Motel 41 in Evansville, Indiana.
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Vicky and Cole White escape
A breakdown of Vicky and Cole White’s 11-day run from regulation enforcement.
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Investigators later decided they’d paid a homeless man to test them into their resort, the place they stayed for a few week, so they might fly beneath the radar.

“They’re criminals. Their plan was defective and it failed. Thank God,” Vanderburgh County Sheriff David Wedding ceremony informed reporters throughout a press convention Tuesday.

“Members of the US job power principally rammed the automobile and pushed it right into a ditch and we later came upon had they not accomplished that, the fugitive was going to interact in a shootout with regulation enforcement. That motion could have saved a lot of my deputies and fellow regulation enforcement officers’ lives.

“I commend them for a job properly accomplished.”

Whereas police nabbed the couple ultimately, the star-crossed lovers left behind a path of bread crumbs on their journey north from Alabama — and it was ideas from the general public that lastly did them in.

The start of a “well-planned” escape

On the morning of April 29, Vicky informed her coworkers it was her final day on the job because the Lauderdale County assistant director of corrections after submitting her retirement paperwork the night time earlier than.

Unbeknownst to them, nonetheless, Vicky had offered her Lexington residence about 10 days prior, drained her financial institution accounts and had been sleeping at a High quality Inn for the final two nights as she ready to embark on what police referred to as a “well-planned” escape.

The 56-year-old widow was wrapping up near 17 years with the division and when she informed them she’d be transporting Casey, 38, by herself to a psychological well being analysis, they didn’t query her, regardless that it was in opposition to protocol to drive an inmate alone.

Vicky White and inmate
Surveillance footage caught the pair leaving the jail grounds, performing as in the event that they had been heading to a court docket appointment.
Lauderdale County Sheriff

Vicky pulled her sheriff’s cruiser into the jail’s sally port at roughly 9:29 a.m. that morning and was captured on surveillance video strolling out minutes later with Casey, who was shackled by the hands and toes and in an orange jumpsuit.

As an alternative of heading to the courthouse for the appointment, which investigators later discovered was by no means scheduled, Vicky drove to the Florence Sq. buying heart, ditched her sheriff’s cruiser and took off in an orange 2007 Ford Edge, which she’d purchased beneath an alias.

It wasn’t till 3:30 p.m. that afternoon that investigators realized one thing was terribly incorrect when Casey by no means returned to the detention heart and repeated calls to Vicky’s cellphone went to voicemail.

Vicky White
Vicky escorted Casey into the police automobile, starting their escapade.
Lauderdale County Sheriff

By then, the couple had already crossed state strains and had seemingly vanished.

A couple of hours after they left, Vicky and Casey ditched the distinctive Ford Edge, which was later discovered crudely spray painted in some elements with a camouflage-like hunter inexperienced, on a rustic street “in the midst of nowhere” in Williamson County, Tennessee.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton stated the couple should’ve had a mechanical failure contemplating the conspicuous location the automotive had been left and the way shortly they deserted it.

At 1:50 p.m. that very same day, a passerby referred to as the native sheriff’s workplace to report the deserted automobile, which was towed and impounded later that afternoon.

On the time, cops didn’t but know the 2 had been lacking, or that Vicky had bought the Ford Edge, and it took one other week for investigators to hyperlink the automotive to the couple.

Ford F-150
The couple left the 2006 Ford F-150 deserted at a automotive wash.

Now on foot, the couple wanted to behave quick to get again on the street they usually quickly managed to purchase a Ford F-150 utilizing about $90,000 in money Vicky had pulled out of a collection of banks within the days earlier than their escape.

Three days later, they arrived on the Motel 41 in Evansville the place they paid an area homeless man to hire a room for 14 days, Wedding ceremony stated.

“[Casey] stated that he was simply looking for a spot to cover out and lay low,” Wedding ceremony defined.

“They thought they’d pushed lengthy sufficient they usually needed to cease for some time, get their bearings straight and work out their subsequent place to journey.”

Casey, a hulking determine at 6-foot-9 with eyes tattooed to the again of his head and a smattering of white supremacist ink throughout his physique, as a substitute determined to take the F-150 to the Weinbach Automotive Wash the next day. He was caught on surveillance footage, sporting a hat and sun shades, inexplicably washing the truck.

He later deserted it and took off in a Cadillac, cops stated, however the choice finally proved deadly.

James Stinson, the automotive wash’s supervisor, observed the truck final Wednesday and instantly thought it was suspicious, he informed Information Nation.

“I walked as much as the truck and went, ‘Oh my God, it’s in all probability this man from Alabama.’ I walked and seemed within the truck as a result of I feel he could possibly be useless, handed out, who is aware of? So I backed up. I opened the door, the keys are in it. I begin it up,” Stinson informed Information Nation.

“They despatched a cop out. The cop says, ‘Effectively, there ain’t nothing I can do. It’s not reported stolen.’ ”

It took one other 4 days for the US Marshals Service to appreciate the truck was related to Casey and Vicky and by then, Stinson had already had the automotive towed.

Casey Cole and Vicky White
The scene in Evansville, Indiana the place the fugitive Alabama inmate and jail boss girlfriend had been captured Monday, Might 9, 2022.
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“[The USMS] requested me the place did you tow it? And I informed him, so then they stated, properly, there are going to be flood of marshals at your home in half-hour. Effectively, he by no means confirmed up until the subsequent morning,” Stinson informed the outlet.

“The information media is what flushed them out. Y’all doing all your job, they had been hiding in plain sight, however y’all flushed them out in order that they had been in a position to get caught.”

The subsequent day, the couple was taken into custody — with Vicky barely clinging to life after struggling a self-inflicted gunshot wound, cops stated.

She died Monday night, the identical day she was hit with costs of identification theft and forgery, along with a allowing or facilitating escape cost filed shortly after she fled.

Twisted felony historical past

Little is thought in regards to the couple’s plan, or the true extent of their relationship, however Singleton believes they first met in August 2020 when Casey was transferred to the Lauderdale County jail to face homicide costs.

On the time, Casey had been serving out a 75-year sentence on the Williamson E. Donaldson Correctional Facility, a maximum-security jail, in Bessemer after he was convicted of a 2015 crime spree that concerned tried homicide, kidnapping and armed theft.

That summer season, he penned a letter to Lt. Brad Potts of the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s workplace allegedly confessing to the stabbing loss of life of Connie Ridgeway, 58, on Oct. 23, 2015 in a house invasion.

Casey Cole
Cole has a prolonged felony historical past with tried homicide, kidnapping and armed theft.

Potts, one of many lead investigators within the case, claims that Casey stated he was paid to homicide Ridgeway after which supplied details about the crime that had by no means earlier than been made public.

Casey’s mom Connie White disputes that Casey killed Ridgeway — and stated he simply needed to get again to the Lauderdale County lockup.

“The one motive he got here out to Lauderdale County was to get out of the jail he was in,” Connie beforehand informed The Submit.

Casey Cole
Cole allegedly confessed to stabbing Connie Ridgeway to loss of life throughout a house invasion.

“He wrote a letter to say that he murdered that girl however he didn’t actually homicide her, he simply accomplished that to get again up right here … He simply needed to be out of that jail as a result of it was so unhealthy and there was no meals.”

She stated she didn’t know who Vicky was however did say that Casey had a “pen pal” that he’d been protecting in contact with.

“Respect” for Vicky

For practically two years, Casey was out and in of the Lauderdale jail the place Vicky labored as his new homicide case wound its means by way of court docket. All of the whereas, the pair grew cozier and cozier and every time Casey was transferred again to the Donaldson jail, the 2 saved in contact by cellphone, Singleton stated.

Throughout her tenure with Lauderdale County, Vicky gained a fame for treating some inmates “above par” and creating relationships with them, Chad Hunt, the commander of the US Marshals Service’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Activity Pressure, informed WAAY 31.

“She handled these inmates above par, if you’ll. They’d a variety of respect for her,” Hunt stated, as he expressed concern that a few of these inmates might’ve helped Vicky whereas she was on the run.

Vicky White
Vicky White suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and died Monday night.
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“A few of the issues that now we have to account [for] and sit again and take a look at is 17 years’ value of contact with different inmates which might be probably out now… Is that one other avenue that she’s exploiting?”

As for Casey, his mom Connie insists that he’s no “monster” and a former legal professional of his stated he’s mentally in poor health and hooked on medicine.

“When he’s on treatment and in a supervised surroundings … he’s a good individual,” legal professional Dale Bryant informed native information station WAFF final week.

“When he will get out of incarceration, he’s unable to remain on his treatment and he even self-medicates by smoking methamphetamine or taking different unlawful substances.”

Bryant precisely predicted Casey was planning suicide by cop and stated he tried the identical factor in 2015 following his crime spree.

“He was attempting to get the officers to shoot him and that’s form of my concern, how this example goes to finish,” he stated Friday.

“Casey could attempt to shoot [cops] to attempt to get them to shoot him.”

For now, the fugitive’s plan has failed.

He’ll be hauled again to Alabama for an arraignment late Tuesday night time and really probably despatched again the place he began — a maximum-security lockup.

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