'Pretty Strange' Demand for Fugitives' Motel Room

There's a waiting list for room in Ind. motel where Casey White, corrections officer Vicky White stayed
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2022 2:20 PM CDT
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Room 150 at Motel 41 is where fugitives Casey White and Vicky White reportedly stayed in Evansville, Ind.   (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Escaped Alabama fugitive Casey White and the late Vicky White, the corrections officer who went on the run with him, holed up in an Indiana motel room for nearly a week before authorities finally tracked them down earlier this month. Now, that refuge in the Hoosier State has become a tourist hot spot of sorts, with a waiting list for the room where they stayed. "It's pretty strange," a desk receptionist at the Motel 41 in Evansville tells NBC News of the demand for Room 150, adding that "quite a few people" have expressed interest in reserving it.

"Quite a few" translates to about 65 to 70 people, per WHNT. And as often happens with supply and demand, the base rate for booking the room has jumped from $63 a night to $75—with some paying up to $100 for the chance to bed down there, the receptionist tells NBC. Authorities tell CNN that Casey White and Vicky White, who weren't related but were believed to be in a relationship, had paid a homeless sex offender $100 to use his ID to book the room for them. That man apparently didn't know the two were on the run and didn't commit a crime, a local sheriff says.

The manager of the motel similarly says he didn't know there were fugitives staying on the premises. The two were nabbed on May 9 after a police officer spotted the Cadillac they were believed to have been driving in the motel's parking lot, leading to a car chase. Authorities rammed the vehicle that Casey White was driving into a ditch. The 38-year-old was arrested and has been extradited back to Alabama, where he faces capital murder charges for a 2015 killing, among others. Vicky White was pronounced dead after the car crash of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. (More fugitives stories.)

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