The convicted felon whose time on the run ended with his prison guard girlfriend shooting herself in the head on Monday night has been left heartbroken by the death of his lover, his mother has said.
Casey White, 38, escaped from prison with former deputy director of corrections Vicki White late last month. The two spent 11 days together on the run from authorities until a police chase ended with Vicki shooting herself dead.
White’s mother, Connie Moore, told the Daily Mail that her son was deeply in love with the prison guard, with whom he had a secret phone relationship for at least two years, and even started calling her his wife.
“I spoke to him yesterday and he was crying and saying he couldn’t believe she was gone,” Moore said. She said she believed Vicki was “really, really good with him – just being there for him, talking with him. They had a real thing.
White is being held in a county jail in Lauderdale, Alabama, awaiting trial on a capital murder charge after he confessed to killing 59-year-old Connie Ridgeway. He had previously been convicted of attempted murder and robbery after he tried to kill his ex-girlfriend and kidnapped his roommates in 2015.
But his mother said her son was “a very good person” who was simply misunderstood.
“Casey is not the monster they posted him to be,” she said, adding that his problems stem in large part from drugs and poor choices in women.
“All the women he’s been with have emotional issues and Casey has a big heart and just wants to help people,” she said.
Investigators in Limestone County, Alabama are currently re-examining the case of another of White’s ex-girlfriends, who authorities say took her own life in February 2008. Now her family is wondering if her death was really a suicide, or if White has something to do with it.
The woman, Christy Lynn Shelton McKee, had been dating White for about a year when she died of a gunshot wound to the chest aged 31 while staying in White’s trailer. Investigators at the time said they found no blood on White’s clothing and that he appeared distraught over her death.
McKee suffered from drug addiction and was distraught to have her children taken away by child protective services. But her brother, Tyler Rolin, told AL.com he never believed his sister killed herself.
“That was too much – a woman killing herself with a sawed-off shotgun?” Rolin said, adding that his sister was considering ending things with White at the time of her death.
“The police said he was crying and very hysterical and I don’t doubt that at all because I know he can turn it on,” Rolin added. “He’s a master manipulator.”
Authorities also briefly questioned whether the criminal was the one who pulled the trigger for Vicki White’s death. The two were camping in a cheap motel room in Indiana when police found them on Monday, sparking a high-speed chase that ended with the criminal’s Cadillac overturning in a ditch.
In a 911 recording of the incident, Vicki White can be heard saying “Oh my God” and “Let’s get out and run!” before shouting several times and falling silent. The officers who approached the car can be heard saying, “She has a gun in her hand! and “She has her finger on the trigger!” before realizing that she did not seem conscious.
After the prosecution, Casey White was extradited to Lauderdale County to face his existing murder charges, while Vicki White was taken to hospital where she later died. The Vanderburgh County, Indiana coroner’s office on Thursday ruled her death a suicide.
Vicki was a 25-year-old employee of Lauderdale County Corrections who had an impeccable record until she staged White’s escape on April 29. Colleagues were shocked to learn that she had been in a years-long relationship with the inmate and released him under the guise of a fake mental health assessment.
When asked if she had a message for Vicki’s grieving family, Casey’s mum told the Daily Mail: ‘I would just say I’m so sorry and from everything I’ve heard from Casey and everyone else, he was a very good person.”
She added: “I hate with all my heart that this happened.”
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