Woman Who Helped Murderer Escape From Prison Sympathizes With Alabama Officer

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LANSING, Kansas (WDAF) – The search for a missing inmate in Alabama and the prison officer accused of helping him escape continues days after he escaped from prison.

Although the whereabouts of Casey White and Vicky White are unknown (no relation), Toby Dorr said she knows exactly what this corrections officer was going through.

“People were saying we really don’t know what happened, and I thought, ‘I know exactly what happened,'” Dorr said.

That’s because Dorr did the same in 2006. She was married and running a volunteer dog-training program at Lansing Correctional Institution when she met John Manard, who was serving a life sentence. for a fatal carjacking.

“When you create a situation where female police officers or volunteers are with male inmates, all you have to do is have that female police officer or volunteer be a little nicer at that point to an inmate and things take off from there. “, explained Dorr.

Dorr broke Manard out of jail in a dog crate and they went on the run, hoping to create a life together.

“I fell in love with John and I know he was in love with me, but we didn’t really know each other,” Dorr said.

Dorr said red flags — regarding Manard’s temper — began to appear, but she never considered reporting the inmate. She said she now fears for Vicky White’s safety.

“When you live like that on the run, it’s kind of a powder keg. You’re always looking over your shoulder expecting something to happen every minute, so you’re nervous all the time.

Dorr and Manard lived in a cabin in Tennessee for most of their 12 days on the run. She wasn’t ready for their time together to end when it ended in dramatic fashion.

“When we got up a hill, the whole highway was just filled with police vehicles,” Dorr recalled.

A chase ensued, at times exceeding 100 miles per hour, and ended with the couple crashing into a tree. Dorr was sentenced to 27 months in prison for aiding in the escape.

She spent most of her time in the area after her release, having only recently left the state. She remarried and she and her husband visited her former lover in prison, where he is serving a life sentence – plus another 10 years for the escape.

“Chris is my husband. Chris and I both consider John a friend to this day,” Dorr said.

Dorr has since turned to writing, hoping to help other women who feel trapped in their own “prisons.”

“When you’re in an emotional prison, you don’t make good decisions. The purpose of these manuals is to help women escape their emotional prisons,” she said.

Dorr said she would never help an inmate escape again, but the lessons she learned in prison and rebuilding her life were invaluable.

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