The Candy true story reveals that she and her husband, Pat Montgomery, moved to Wylie, Texas in 1977 and started to regularly attend the First United Methodist Church of Lucas. Candy met local resident and fifth-grade teacher Betty Gore at church, where they both sang in the choir. They became even closer friends due to the fact that their daughters had become best friends.
Yes. In researching how accurate is Candy on Hulu, we learned that the affair between Candy and Betty's husband, Allan, began about a year and a half prior to Betty Gore's murder. Like in the Hulu miniseries, Candy reportedly approached Allan after a church volleyball game in October 1978, telling him that she was attracted to him and suggesting they should have an affair. They agreed that it wouldn't turn into anything more than sex. The 11-month affair was over "six or seven months" prior to Betty Gore's murder. -Snapped
Yes, the Marriage Encounter program had been recommended to Allan by friends from church. A Candy fact-check confirms that it was after attending with Betty that Allan felt guilty and decided to end his affair with Candy Montgomery, hoping to instead strengthen his bond with his wife. Similar to Jessica Biel's character in the Hulu miniseries, the real Candy wasn't overly upset by Allan's decision, given that she reportedly wasn't thrilled with their subpar sex.
Candy Montgomery struck Betty Gore 41 times with a three-foot long axe. It is believed that 40 of the strikes took place while Betty's heart was still beating (Texas Monthly). Betty was struck 28 times in the head alone. When neighbors discovered Betty Gore's body, they initially thought she had died from a gunshot wound given the condition of her head. Investigators found axe wounds on her face, head, hands, arms, torso and legs. Her blood-covered body was discovered in the utility room inside of her home. Detectives described the scene as looking like something out of a horror movie.
Yes. In researching the Hulu Candy true story, we learned that at least one of the blows to Betty Gore's body came after she was deceased, arguably more. In the least, Betty would have been long-incapacitated before the 40th axe blow. The amount of overkill indicated that the axe murderer was in a state of rage and that it was likely a crime of passion. This is one reason why detectives initially suspected that Betty Gore's husband Allan might be responsible.
Yes. Like in the Candy Hulu miniseries, Allan became concerned on the night of June 13 when he tried calling Betty and could not get a hold of her. Knowing she was also home with their baby daughter, Bethany, he phoned neighbors and asked them to check on his wife. He also called Candy Montgomery, Betty's friend and the woman with whom he had an affair, to see if she knew of Betty's whereabouts. Candy said that she had stopped over earlier in the day to pick up a swimsuit for Betty and Allan's oldest daughter and that nothing was out of the ordinary.
Betty Gore's daughter, Bethany, was asleep in her crib at the time of the murder. When neighbors forced their way into the Gore home and discovered Betty's body, young Bethany was awake and crying in her crib.
Candy, 30, claimed that she had left the church to go over to Betty's house to pick up a bathing suit for Betty's older daughter because the girls were having a sleepover at the Montgomerys' home that night. She said that Betty, 30, confronted her with regard to the extramarital affair that she had with Betty's husband, Allan. Candy said she admitted to the affair and told Betty that it had been over for some time (technically six or seven months).
Candy said that Betty then tried to attack her with an axe she retrieved from the garage, swinging down to the floor and striking Candy's toe (pictured below). They wrestled for control of the weapon, which Candy was eventually able to get a hold of. Candy also sustained bruises to her head during the struggle. She claimed that she struck Betty with the axe in self-defense.
The defense team argued that Candy Montgomery's alleged murder of Betty Gore was an act of self-defense, which is what Candy had tried to claim. At first, it seemed that this was a weak argument given the severity of Betty Gore's injuries and the fact that Candy had struck her with the axe 41 times, continuing even after she was dead. However, the defense brought in a psychiatrist from Houston who had evaluated Candy, including putting her under hypnosis. The psychiatrist testified that Candy had experienced what is called a disassociative event, suggesting that the altercation with Betty triggered a psychological reaction in her and she became unaware of what she was doing, essentially losing herself in a blind rage.
The psychiatrist explained that Candy had been struck with a sharp instrument when she was a child, which left her bleeding badly. As she cried out, her mother shook her and then raised her finger to her lips and said, "Shhhhhh." Candy claimed that Betty made the same gesture and sound during their altercation, which is what the psychiatrist explained had caused Candy to snap. Candy supposedly had a disassociative reaction in which she entered into a non-lucid state of rage as she struck Betty with the axe.
The Candy true story confirms that the jury deliberated for four-and-a-half hours and came back with a verdict of "not guilty." To the shock and outrage of much of the public, Candy Montgomery was acquitted of Betty Gore's murder and was again a free woman. -Snapped
While conducting our fact-check, we learned that Candy and Pat Montgomery moved to Georgia but later divorced. As of the writing of this article, Candy is still alive and now goes by the last name "Wheeler". Ironically, she has worked with her daughter Jenny as a mental health therapist, counseling teens and adults who suffer from depression. Currently 72, Candy has had no further run-ins with law enforcement.
Not long after the trial, Betty's widow and Candy's former lover, Allan Gore, left the state of Texas and remarried. He lost custody of his children to Betty's parents. He has since divorced and is living in Sarasota, Florida with a girlfriend. He has reportedly reconnected with his children.