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Some Ladies Love the Bad Boys

Posted on | May 4, 2022 | No Comments

In December 2015, Casey Cole White went on a violent crime spree in two counties on either side of the Alabama-Tennessee border:

In one night, he staged a home invasion and carjacked two vehicles at gunpoint, shooting one person in the arm, WHNT reports.
At the home, he fired multiple rounds and killed a dog.
The crimes were followed by a chase where speeds reached more than 100 miles per hour.
It ended with a stolen car stuck in a field south of Huntsville, and officers — who were evidently well known to him — pleading with him to put down his gun and give himself up.
He was charged with attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, breaking and entering a vehicle, animal cruelty for shooting a dog and attempting to elude.

White was sentenced to 75 years in prison where, in 2020, he sent a letter to authorities in Lauderdale County, Alabama, to whom he confessed the October 2015 murder of 59-year-old Connie Ridgeway, who was killed in her apartment in the tiny town of Rogersville, about midway between Florence and Athens, Alabama. Despite his confession, White pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, and was in jail awaiting trial for Ridgeway’s murder when he somehow struck up a romantic relationship with a female jail guard named Vicky Sue White. She helped her new boyfriend escape, and both of them are now wanted fugitives.

She had worked nearly 20 years at the Lauderdale Detention Center and authorities were stunned to discover that she’d been in a relationship with an accused murderer for nearly two years. But Vicky Sue White, 57, had been dealing with an invalid husband who died in January after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Her late husband’s mother speculated that Vickey Sue had been “brainwashed” by Casey White: “Maybe he’s got her brainwashed. But I don’t know how he’d have had a chance to get her brainwashed, because he was in prison.” However, there is a word for what likely happened:

Hybristophilia is a sexual interest in and attraction to those who commit crimes, a paraphilia in which sexual arousal, facilitation, and attainment of orgasm are responsive to and contingent upon being with a partner known to have committed a crime. . . . In popular culture, this phenomenon is also known as “Bonnie and Clyde syndrome”.
Many high-profile criminals, particularly those who have committed atrocious crimes, receive “fan mail” in prison that is sometimes amorous or sexual, presumably as a result of this phenomenon. In some cases, admirers of these criminals have gone on to marry the object of their affections in prison.

Some women just can’t resist “bad boys” and a murder suspect like Casey White might seem a strange choice of partners, but he is 6-foot-9, 260 pounds — almost any man that tall would have a strong appeal to many women (who always go for the tall guys, as if such attraction were hardwired into their DNA). But this is likely to be a fatal attraction, given his history of violence toward women, including the ex-girlfriend he attempted to murder during his 2015 crime spree:

Casey Cole White, the murder suspect who escaped from an Alabama jail Friday morning with the alleged help of a prison official, warned cops in 2015 that he’d kill his ex-girlfriend if he got the chance, according to court documents.
“He stated that he wanted to kill her and have the police kill him,” a police report from December of that year concludes. “His only regret was that neither was successful. He stated that if he was released he would kill the victim.”

This love story is unlikely to have a happy ending.




 

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