Within a year of each other, two dramatic TV shows based on the events of June 13, 1980, were released: Hulu’s 2022 series Candy, starring Jessica Biel, and HBO’s 2023 limited series Love & Deαth, starring Elizabeth Olsen.
If you can’t get enough of this narrative, you might wonder where Candy Montgomery is now and if she’s in Jail for the suspected m*rder of Betty Gore, her close friend.
Despite her character’s purported crimes, Biel revealed to E! News in 2022 how she can empathize with Candy. “As we started to get into it and understand who these characters are, just the pathology of what it was like to be a woman back then in the ’80s, I think I could empathize with these women,” she explained.
“I could see myself struggling with some of the same issues that they’re struggling with.” She speaker said. “The pressure of being a woman and trying to do it all with a smile on your face, family pressures and work pressures and everything. I feel that.”
Meanwhile, Olsen told ET a year later that comparing her portrayal to Biel’s was pointless because the HBO series offers a different viewpoint on Candy’s life.
“There is no need for competitiveness. Interesting stories need to be told, and every way you tell them will be different. “It can’t be the same,” she added, adding that Love & Deαth had been in production for two months before Candy was announced, and Biel had personally sought Olsen.
“I think it was more of an, ‘Oh, great.'” “It’s nice that we’re both acknowledging this because we were filming simultaneously,” Olsen explained. “It was a big surprise that another show was being made while we were already filming.” However, there is nothing you can do about it.”
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Candy Montgomery’s Current Status Revealed
Candy, born Candice Wheeler, was suspected of murd*ring her close friend Betty Gore on June 13, 1980, in Wylie, Texas, after an adulterous romance with Betty’s husband, Allan Gore.
Candy met Betty, a middle school teacher, at a ceremony at the United Methodist Church of Lucas in Collin County, Texas, where she resided with her husband, Pat Montgomery, and their two children.
Candy confessed to the m*rder during a hypnosis session with psychiatrist Dr. Fred Fason, according to Texas Monthly. During her trial, she said she went to Betty for a swimsuit for Betty’s daughter, Alisa, who stayed with Candy and her husband for the night.
While visiting Betty’s house, Betty questioned Candy about the affair with Allan, which Candy admitted to but said happened a “long time ago.” Candy noted at trial that Betty left the room and returned with an ax, which she used to threaten Candy with not seeing Allan again, to which Candy agreed.
Candy apologized to Betty as she picked up Alisa’s swimsuit, which she said caused Betty to become angry and force her into a utility room. Candy stated that she and Betty fought for a long time, resulting in injuries on her toe and head. Betty, she alleged, informed her she wanted “to ki!!” her.
Candy also said she could pull the ax away from Betty and use the blade before her companion could assault her again. Candy attempted to flee the room, terrified that she had murd*red Betty, but was stopped by Betty throwing her body against the door.
Betty and Candy fought when Betty refused to let Candy leave. During the altercation, Betty instructed Candy to “shush,” which riled her up and pushed her to hit her with the ax to the “point of utter exhaustion.”
Candy also stated during her hypnosis session that she had suffered from childhood trauma that was triggered when she was forced to “shush.” Allan was out of town on the day Betty d!ed. He requested the neighbors to check on his wife after he couldn’t reach her via phone.
They discovered Betty’s deαd body after forcing their way into the house, since Betty and Allan’s 1-year-old infant girl, Bethany, who had been sleeping in her crib in another room at the time of the tragedy, was sobbing and awake.
A three-foot-long ax lay nearby, which authorities claimed Candy used to slash Betty 41 times, including 28 times on her head and face.
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According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Betty turned herself in to local officials shortly after the m*rder and was placed on a $100,000 bond.
Candy was acquitted of m*rder charges in October 1980 after an eight-day trial in which the defense argued that Candy acted in self-defense and the prosecution argued that Betty was conscious when most of the stabs occurred and that her deαth was intentional (and that she also showered in Betty’s bathroom after the m*rder).
Psychiatrists testified at the trial that Candy had a “dissociative reaction” that caused her to stab Betty repeatedly. The incident was also protected by Texas’ “Stand Your Ground” legislation, which allows deαdly force to prevent a violent crime, such as Betty’s threats against Candy.
Candy was ultimately found not guilty due to self-defense. On October 29, 1980, a jury cleared her of m*rder charges. She was never imprisoned.
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