(NewsNation) – The search for Vicky White and Casey White has captivated the nation. And while many have been baffled by the motives behind this case, Toby Dorr knows exactly how it can happen.
In 2006, Dorr, formerly known as Toby Young, did the same.
At the time, she was married and ran a volunteer dog training program at a Kansas state prison.
It was there that she met John Manard, who was serving a life sentence for a fatal carjacking.
“You’re at a point in your life where you just feel invisible, and you feel broken, and you feel so alone and lonely,” Dorr said. “When someone notices it, common sense goes away.”
She broke Manard out of jail in a dog crate, and they went on the run, hoping to create a life together.
While Dorr says she’s convinced the two were in love, things have started to change outside the prison walls.
“He had a pretty quick temper and he got mad at stuff,” Dorr said. “It made me start thinking, ‘Well, maybe that wasn’t the best decision. “”
The couple lived in a cabin in Tennessee for most of their 12 days on the run. But their freedom ended when law enforcement spotted them.
A high-speed chase followed, exceeding 100 miles per hour. It ended when the couple crashed into a tree.
“I wasn’t ready for it to be over yet.” said Dorr. “My first thoughts, the first few days after my arrest, are… how am I in prison? How did I get to this point in my life? »
After serving 27 months behind bars for assisting in the escape, Dorr remarried and rehabilitated her life.
Now she’s worried about Vicky White’s well-being. White, an Alabama corrections officer, allegedly helped Casey White escape from prison on April 29. Both have been on the run ever since.
Dorr hopes Vicky White can still have a bright future.
“It sounds like she’s been an exceptional employee and an exceptional member of her community,” Dorr said. “You have to look at everything as a collective, and not just judge someone by their worst mistake.”