Casey White ‘really loved’ Vicky White, is devastated by her death, and wept openly on a prison call to his mother the day after the prison guard shot herself in the head, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, White’s mother, Connie Moore, 62, said: ‘They were just two people who really loved each other. It’s just so sad and I worry [for Casey].
‘I spoke to him yesterday and he was crying and saying he couldn’t believe she was gone,’ she said at her home in Athens, Alabama.
Moore was talking for the first time since her son’s 11-day stretch on the lam with Vicky came to a dramatic and tragic end.
Casey White is said to be devastated over the death of his prison guard lover Vicky White, who shot herself dead when the fugitive couple were cornered by police on Monday, DailyMail.com can reveal
Casey White’s mother, Connie Moore spoke out for the first time since her son’s 11-day stretch on the run came to a tragic end, in an interview with DailyMail.com. She said her son had a ‘real thing’ with Vicky and referred to her as his wife
He was recaptured and Vicky, 56, died after a high-speed car chase in Evansville, Indiana, ended with the couple’s car rammed into a ditch by law enforcement. Vicky died in hospital hours later from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
In the moments after the shot was fired White could be heard appealing to law enforcement for help for his ‘wife.’
White – inmate number 00282371 – is now back in Alabama where he has been transferred to the maximum security William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility near Bessemer.
Now Moore has revealed that he called Vicky his wife during his time in prison too.
She said: ‘Vicky was really, really, good to him – just being there for him, talking with him. They had a real thing.
‘He was calling her his wife even when he was in prison. I just sort of went along with it, I didn’t say, “You shouldn’t” or whatever. It made him happy.’
There has been much speculation that it was in fact White who pulled the trigger on his lover.
Now, his mother has slammed that idea saying: ‘He’s very upset. I know he loved her. He talked to me for over a year about how he had a friend, how nice she was and how he loved her.
Vicky broke her inmate lover Casey White, 38, out of an Alabama prison where she had worked on April 29 and went on the run with him for 11 days, until they were captured Monday
Pictured Casey White at his arraignment in Florence, Alabama with a head wound he suffered during his recapture
The two were found 219 miles away from the jail they left in Alabama on April 29. The manhunt spanned three states
‘He never told me her name and I was shocked when I learned who it was, but he would never hurt her. I told the FBI and the Marshalls too that he would not hurt her.’
Visibly emotional Moore said: ‘I don’t know what she was thinking [in the end]. They couldn’t have got out and run, Casey couldn’t run and where would he hide if he did?’
Asked if she had any message for Vicky’s grieving family Moore said: ‘I would just say I’m very sorry about it and from all that I’ve heard from Casey and from everyone she was a very good person. I just hate it with all my heart that it happened.’
She said: ‘But Casey is not the monster that they’ve posted him to be. I think it’s so sad that the comments that the whole world has made have made fun of both of them and a situation like this.
‘I read a thousand comments, and nobody has a good word to say about any one of them.
‘I didn’t know who she was, but I know that they loved each other, and he talked about her.’
Assistant Director of Lauderdale Correctional Facility, Vicky walked out on her life and 17 years of unblemished service.
She had received Employee of the Year award five times and was about to be awarded with the honor again when she sprang White from jail and went on the run.
The escaped prisoner, standing 6ft 9 tall, towers over the Indiana officers who captured him after running the couple’s car into a ditch
The Motel 41 in Evansville, Indiana, where prison guard Vicky White, 56, and her inmate lover Casey White, 38, spent six days holed up after fleeing Lauderdale County Detention Center in Florence, Alabama, on April 29
These are all of the weapons the couple had in their Cadillac when they were rammed into a ditch by police on Monday
The couple had just $29,000 of the $90,000 Vicky had withdrawn when they were caught on Monday
Friends and former colleagues have been left baffled by Vicky’s actions. Speaking about Vicky’s forthcoming award Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said, ‘I think it just shows the kind of person that we thought she was.’
According to White’s mother, Vicky was one of the few ‘good women’ in her son’s life. All his troubles, she said, stemmed from two things – drugs and women – and the bad choices that her son has made with both.
She said, ‘All of the women he’s been with have emotional problems and Casey has a big heart and just wants to help people.’
The laundry list of violent felonies that have seen White sentenced to 75 years in prison and facing a capital murder charge for which he will stand trial next month, may speak against his mother’s assessment of her 6ft. 9in. son as a peaceable giant, but Moore is insistent.
She said: ‘The main thing for Casey has always been the drugs and the women.
‘Growing up he was just a basic country kid. He was always tall, but nobody tried to pick a fight with Casey because of it. He was never violent but when there were drugs there, he would do them and it went from bad to worse.’
Vicky White had been honored with the award of Employee of the Year five times when she was working at the Lauderdale County Detention Center
Body shackles and hand shackles hanging on a wall in the maximum security wing of the Lauderdale County Jail
Inmate Casey White was caught on security camera during his time in the Lauderdale County Detention Center. He is now in a maximum security prison in Bessemer, Alabama
According to Moore, White has never been an habitual drug user but takes them ‘periodically.’ It is something over which, she admitted, she has worried for years.
She said that when White first told her about the ‘friend’ that he loved, she simply went along with it and asked very few questions because it made him happy.
She said: ‘Vicky was a good person for him. I don’t know what happened. I know that Casey wasn’t the mastermind of anything. She was the brains; we know that for sure.
‘I don’t know if maybe she had given up on life. She just started writing him letters and it went from there.
‘I think maybe she was infatuated with the idea of it and the idea of Casey. I don’t know. All I know is it’s sad and it was real.’
Timeline of Vicky White and Casey White’s escape
April 18: Jail guard Vicky White sells her Lexington, Alabama, home. Public records revealed she sold the property for $95,550, which was below market value. She started living with her mother after the sale.
April 28: Vicky submits retirement paperwork to officials at Lauderdale County Jail. According to Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton, she had been discussing her retirement for many months and ‘talked about going to the beach’.
Pre-prison break: In the week ahead of the escape (specific dates unknown) Vicky purchases men’s clothing at a Kohl’s store and visits a sex shop. It is unclear if she bought anything at the adult toy store.
Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly claims she also withdrew $90,000 in cash out of a series of bank accounts.
April 29 at 5.21am: Vicky checks out of a Quality Inn in Florence, Alabama.
8.47am: Transport Van 5 leaves the Lauderdale County jail with seven inmates escorted by two deputies
8.56am: Transport Van 2 leaves the jail with five inmates also escorted by two deputies
9.20am: Assistant Director Vicky White tells a deputy to prepare inmate Casey White for transport to courthouse. Deputy removes White from his cell, takes him to booking and handcuffs him and shackles his legs.
9.41am: Vicky leaves detention center with Casey and they head to the courthouse for a ‘mental health evaluation’. She tells the booking officer that she is the only deputy available who is firearm-certified and that she’s dropping him off to other deputies at the courthouse. Vicky says she’s then going to Med Plus for a personal appointment.
9.49am: Surveillance video shows Vicky’s police cruiser parked at the nearby Florence Square shopping center parking lot eight minutes after leaving the jail. ‘There was not enough time for them to even attempt to try to come to the courthouse,’ Sheriff Rick Singleton said.
11.34am: A Florence Police Department officer spots her cruiser.
3.30pm: Booking officer reports to administration that they’ve been trying to contact Vicky to check on her, and that her phone is going directly to voice mail. The officer also says that Casey was not returned to the detention center with other inmates.
Approximately 11pm: College Grove, Tennessee, resident Jackie Adams finds Vicky’s SUV – with tinted windows and no tags – abandoned by her home. She reports the vehicle to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, which has it towed.
May 1: US Marshals offer a $10,000 bounty – later increased to $25,000 – for Casey
May 3: US Marshals issue a warrant for Vicky, charging her with permitting or facilitating escape in the first degree in connection with capital murder
May 6: Tennessee cops discover the impounded SUV belonged to Vicky, spurring a force of US Marshals, Williamson County Sheriff’s Officers, and SWAT members to circle back to Adams’s property.
Drones and helicopters descended on Adams’s home – where they remained for hours and into the evening.
2.15pm: The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office tweets ‘there is NO sign the two are still in our area.’
May 7: Connolly reveals investigators’ theory that Vicky is rolling Casey, dressed as a woman, around in a wheelchair. Officials also suspect Vicky might be disguising herself as an elderly woman with a grey wig.
May 9: US Marshals search for the couple in Evansville, Indiana, after authorities locate a vehicle that had been reported stolen in the area of Tennessee where Vicky’s SUV was abandoned.
The couple is then caught after a brief car chase in Evansville. Casey White surrenders. Vicky White is taken to the hospital where she dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.