DALLAS — In 1980, the small North Texas town of Wylie was startled by a gruesome ax murder.
According to Texas Monthly’s account of Montgomery’s trial, Candy Montgomery killed Betty Gore by chopping her with an ax 41 times after a dispute about Montgomery’s months-long romance with Gore’s husband.
Two new true-crime series, Hulu’s Candy starring Jessica Biel and HBO Max’s Love and Death starring Elizabeth Olsen, are reviving the case 42 years later.
From May 9 to 13, Candy will be a five-night event. The film Love and Death will be released later this year.
Each part examines the terrible story of two churchgoing couples who were enjoying small-town family life until that fateful Friday the 13th of June 1980.
The true criminal tale behind Candy and Love and Death is detailed here.
Candy Montgomery was the mother of two children and the wife of Pat Montgomery, a young electrical engineer at Texas Instruments. Betty Gore, who was married to Allan Gore, was a middle school teacher.
According to a 1984 story in Texas Monthly, both the Montgomerys and the Gores were regular attendees at the First United Methodist Church of Lucas. Candy Montgomery and Betty Gore met because of this, which eventually led to an affair and murder.
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The Offense and Prosecution
Then, on June 13th, 1980, the Gore family’s Wylie home was the scene of one of Texas’ most notorious murders.
Betty Gore confronted Candy Montgomery about the affair, resulting in an ax fight. After winning the fight, Candy Montgomery allegedly assaulted Betty Gore 41 times, killing her.
Candy Montgomery was later apprehended and prosecuted for Betty Gore’s murder. Candy Montgomery claimed in court that she killed Gore in self-defense because “the heavier and larger [Betty] refused to let [Candy] go after being struck twice with the ax by [Betty] and then obtaining control of the weapon.”
Candy may have fled “rather than pummelled” Betty Gore to death, according to the prosecution.
Candy Montgomery was declared not guilty of Betty Gore’s murder by a jury of nine women and three men on Oct. 30, 1980. She was found not guilty of murder.
Some North Texas residents are still haunted by murder.
WFAA returned to Wylie twenty-eight years after Gore was killed to speak with numerous residents about their memories of the terrible story. That house is still talked about in Wylie.
Who would want to live in such a place?
New residents bring new furniture, new belongings, and new lifestyles to a crime site once the yellow police tape is removed. However, in many situations, the house is still characterized by what occurred within its walls. So, how do you turn a house where a high-profile murder took place into a home?
Candy was created by Nick Antosca and Robin Veith and stars Jessica Biel, Melanie Lynskey, Pablo Schreiber, and Timothy Simons as Candy, Betty Gore, Allan Gore, and Pat Montgomery.
Jim Atkinson and John Bloom, the authors of the two Texas Monthly pieces (part 1 here, part 2 here), are consulting producers on Candy. David E. Kelley is adapting their book, Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs, for Love and Death.
Olsen plays Candy, Jesse Plemons plays Allan Gore, Patrick Fugit plays Pat Montgomery, and Lily Rabe plays Betty Gore in the new HBO Max series.
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