It’s a runaway with a backdrop of romance that’s been captivating America for a week, with an incredible cast: on the one hand, a model little prison officer, close to sixty and with a swinging gait; on the other side, a multi-recurring colossus of 2.06 m, with a shaved head, described as extremely dangerous.
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Vicky White, 56, and Casey White, 38, share the same name but are not related. The former helped the latter escape from an Alabama prison on April 29, and the unlikely duo have driven US law enforcement insane ever since.
Their operation seems to have been thought out down to the smallest detail. And the surprise effect was total. Who would have thought to be wary of Vicky White, who has never caused a furore in the prison administration of Florence, a small town in this southern state?
“She never did anything. I bet she’s never even had a speeding ticket,” her incredulous mother told local broadcaster WAAY31.
“Model employee” according to the sheriff, described by the attorney general as “most trusted person in prison,” who oversaw inmate transfers for the Lauderdale County Sheriff, is now one of the most wanted people in the country.
When she shows up at the Florence prison on Friday morning to take Casey White away, under the false pretext of a psychological evaluation in court, a vehicle is already waiting for her, parked in the parking lot of a nearby shopping center, which she is anticipating. on the run.
However, there is nothing in the prison’s external surveillance footage to indicate that the tattooed giant and the prison officer are in cahoots. She holds the door for him, but only looks at him for the moment to get him aboard his police car in chains, feet and hands. She then carefully closes the door and the vehicle drives away just after 9:30 am.
Their disappearance is not discovered until a few hours later, around 3.30 pm.
The investigators engaged in their pursuit appear distant. The fugitives were last seen on Friday, the day of the escape, about 40 miles from the prison in a rust-colored Ford SUV.
The hunt fascinates internet users in the region, who went back to the dealership where Vicky White had bought this car.
The seller was bombarded with criticism, so much so that authorities had to provide an update Wednesday, to ensure he had provided invaluable assistance to the investigation and that “no one at the dealership was suspected of helping” the two whites.
The elements unfavorable to the civil servant have been accumulating for six days. We learned that she recently sold her house at a discount and had $95,000 in her pocket.
After 17 years of good and loyal service to the sheriff, she’d also announced her retirement…and Friday was exactly her last day.
Without confirming her resignation, the sheriff assured on Wednesday that she was “no longer employed” by his services.
The story, perhaps of love, had begun in 2020.
Casey White, who was serving a 75-year sentence in state prison for kidnapping, burglary and attempted murder, suddenly takes responsibility for the murder of a woman five years earlier.
The confession is short-lived – he eventually pleads innocent in the pending case – but leads to his transfer to the Lauderdale County Jail, where he is charged with the murder and where he first meets Vicky White.
He is sent back to his original prison after an escape plan, but the pair keep in touch.
“He told me he was writing to someone, but I had no idea who it was,” his mother, Connie White, told the New York Post.
He returned to the Florence prison in February this year to attend a court hearing nearby. For several months, the inmate then took advantage of what Sheriff Rick Singleton described as a “special relationship” with Vicky White.
“We have no evidence of any physical relationship,” the sheriff noted, but the other inmates denounced “privileges,” the “rab” in the cafeteria, and the “things she did for him and not for the others.”
“Preferential treatment”, he sums up, for a man “extremely dangerous” and now on the run.
“He is very dangerous, for everyone around him,” confirms an ex-girlfriend. She advised Vicky White: “If you’re still alive, get out of here. Run, run, run as fast as you can.”