Vicky White’s former mother-in-law has said she “can’t understand” why the “really nice” person she’s known most of her life was on the run with a dangerous inmate before shooting herself.
Frances White tells The Independent that “it just makes you sick” to know that the 56-year-old correctional officer, once married to her son, has ended up at the center of a well-planned prison escape and nationwide manhunt with a convict accused of committing a 58- Having stabbed a year-old mother of two to death.
“It only makes you sick. I can’t understand why she did that,” she said.
The corrections officer was married to Frances’ son Tommy White for around five years before they divorced in 2006.
Despite the split, the couple remained friends until his death from complications from Parkinson’s disease in January at the age of 62.
Just three months after the death of her only husband, on April 29, Ms White went on the run with Casey Cole White – an inmate at the Lauderdale County Jail where she had served for 17 years with a previously impeccable record.
The couple, who are said to have had a prison romance for the past two years, remained at large for 10 days before finally being found hiding in Evansville, Indiana on Monday.
After a brief chase, the inmate was back in police custody.
Ms White was dead in what a coroner ruled a suicide caused by a single gunshot wound to the head.
Frances, now 88, said she had known Ms. White for most of the prison warden’s life, back when she went by the name Vicky Sue Davis and grew up in the close-knit community of Lauderdale County, Alabama.
When she married her son Tommy, she said the two women became very close.
“She was a really nice person. She didn’t talk about anyone. It’s been really helpful to everyone,” she said.
Frances said she remained close to her former daughter-in-law even after the couple’s divorce and said she couldn’t fault Ms White for ending the relationship because she was having “a tough time” with her son, who has problems with alcoholism. and had drug addiction.
Though they hadn’t spoken to each other for a while, she said she was incredulous that the “really nice” woman she’s known for so long could do what she’s doing.
“I can’t understand why she did that or why she killed herself,” she said.
The 88-year-old added that if her son were still alive, he wouldn’t have believed his ex-wife capable of anything like that either.
“They remained friends after the divorce and talked on the phone until he couldn’t speak because of Parkinson’s disease,” she said.
“He didn’t think she would do something like that.”
When Ms White disappeared with the inmate on April 29 and said she would take him to court over a phony mental health exam, Sheriff Rick Singleton also said it was “atypical”.
Officers later learned the 56-year-old had made several arrangements to go on the run with the 38-year-old inmate, with whom she was said to have had a “special relationship” since 2020.
She had sold her home five weeks earlier, withdrawn $90,000 in cash from her bank accounts and filed for retirement just a day before the couple’s disappearance.
While her funeral is scheduled for Saturday, her imprisoned lover is now back in a maximum-security prison in Alabama after being charged with first-degree escape.
This comes on top of the 75-year sentence he is currently serving and two counts of capital murder he will face in June for the 2015 stabbing death of 58-year-old Connie Ridgeway.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/vicky-white-family-prison-escape-casey-b2078751.html Vicky White’s mother-in-law ‘can’t understand’ why the ‘really nice’ jailer went on the run with the inmate