A former Alabama district attorney and inmate who led authorities in an 11-day manhunt this year spoke by phone hundreds of times before the inmate escaped, and most of the calls were sexually explicit, a law enforcement officer said Thursday.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said investigators have so far listened to just over half of the 949 calls Vicky White and Casey White made to each other from August 2021 to February while he was incarcerated at the William Donaldson Correctional facility. The couple was not related.
Investigators have delved into the taped conversations in preparation for Casey White’s prosecution, said Singleton, whose comments were first reported by AL.com.
When the calls started, Casey White was in prison for a series of 2015 crimes, including a home burglary, a carjacking and fleeing from the police. While behind bars, he confessed to a separate crime — the murder of Connie Ridgeway, 58 — in 2015 and was transferred to Lauderdale County Prison in February to await his trial.
Vicky White, the deputy director of the prison, had been an employee there for nearly twenty years. On April 29, the day that would be her last before retiring, she and Casey White disappeared.
“We haven’t found anything related to the escape so far,” Singleton said. “Most of it is basically phone sex.”
“That’s about four times a day on average,” he added.
An attorney for Casey White did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In early July, about two months after Vicky White died by suicide as authorities approached the couple, Casey White was charged with murder on her death. He has pleaded not guilty.
Officials have said the couple had a “special relationship” and had been in touch for a few years. After the police chase ended on May 10 when they crashed a Cadillac sedan into a ditch in Indiana, Casey White got out of the car and said his “wife” had committed suicide and that he “didn’t do it.”
Singleton said Thursday he believed Casey White had manipulated his former employee — a practice he described as routine in prison.
“She had been employed for 17 years,” he said. “She had seen young officers come in and be manipulated. Everyone has been approached. We tell them to be ready, and she would be the one to coach them.”
With Casey White, Singleton claimed, “she herself was ripped off.”