Vicky White allegedly went shopping for men’s clothes and visited a sex toy store before helping her detained boyfriend escape, leading to an 11-day manhunt that ended in his suicide and capture.
Details of the former Alabama prison chief’s shopping spree emerged during a lengthy interview U.S. Marshal Marty Keely gave about his ill-fated affair with Casey White.
At first, authorities thought the murder suspect might have kidnapped Vicky, the Lauderdale County Deputy Director of Corrections, but quickly realized her cover story about taking her to a mental health evaluation was a ruse. .
Keely then called the regional Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force into action and began gathering leads.
The first break came when a colleague from prison reported that Vicky had called and asked to be picked up from an Academy Sports + Outdoors store in Florence, Alabama.
She said she locked her keys in her car and needed a ride to work, Keely said.
In the store’s parking lot, investigators found the patrol car in which Vicky had left the sheriff’s office hours earlier with a handcuffed Casey in the backseat, he said.
It was also where surveillance footage showed she hosted the orange Ford Edge getaway she had bought with cash a few days earlier.
Vicky had already sold her house for $95,000, well below market value, sold her car and filed for retirement, Keely said.
She had also purchased an AR-15 assault rifle and a shotgun to add to her 9mm semi-automatic service and a .45 caliber handgun.
Investigators later learned that Vicky had purchased men’s clothing at a local Kohl’s department store and also visited a store selling sex toys, according to the outlet.
Two law enforcement officials said Vicky also left prison with Casey previously in what investigators believe was an empty run for the escape.
She had him out of the dungeon for about 40 minutes, officials told the outlet on condition of anonymity.
However, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton refuted that account in an interview with NewsNation, saying there was no evidence that Vicky had released Casey from jail earlier.
Before long, the Bonnie and Clyde duo had left the state and were nearly 200 miles away.
Tips started pouring in, but nothing worked until a Tennessee tow truck driver reported that he had towed the Ford Edge three or four days earlier and was still in his yard. towing, Keely said.
The next break came when a rural Tennessee homeowner recognized a photo of Casey and helped authorities piece together what happened.
He told police he sold Vicky a Ford F-150 pickup truck for cash. There were no license plates, but she didn’t care, the man told investigators, according to Keely.
“He’s like, ‘Yeah, I sold him a truck,'” Keely said of the owner. “And so, we found out that he sold her a truck the same day they escaped from Lauderdale County Correctional Facility. And that was only hours after they escaped.
During the sale, a woman in an orange Ford pulled up and the two drove off, following each other, said the owner, who provided the van’s vehicle identification number, according to Keely.
The two ditched the Ford Edge and drove to Evansville, Indiana, where Casey dumped the pickup at a car wash.
They then paid a homeless man to rent them a motel room, paying cash in advance for a 14-day stay. They lived under the assumed alias in the motel and had purchased a third getaway vehicle, a Cadillac sedan.
The car wash manager first noticed the abandoned truck on May 3 and found it odd that the vehicle was still there the next morning. A police officer who checked the vehicle determined that the vehicle was not stolen and there was nothing he could do.
Another break came on Sunday because the officer wrote down the VIN in a report and Keely’s team spotted it. His fugitive team descended on Evansville, working with other deputy marshals in Indiana.
The team eventually found the Cadillac at Motel 41 and placed it under surveillance.
Vicky quickly emerged in a wig, alongside her 6ft 9in beau, Keely said. They jumped in the car and drove off with the marshals secretly following them – but the officers were spotted, according to Keely.
The brief chase ended when officers rammed the car, which overturned.
“The airbags will explode and kill us!” Vicky was heard screaming during a 911 call as she told Casey they should run. “Take us back to the p—- hotel!”
Seconds later, she turned the gun on herself.
“Please help my wife, she just shot herself in the head,” Keely said, Casey shouted. We didn’t know why he called Vicky his wife.
Vicky was pronounced dead in a hospital and Casey was discharged Tuesday night to Alabama.
With post wires
New York Post