Hulu 'Candy': Where is Candy Montgomery now and did she kill Betty Gore?
Biel plays Candy Montgomery, a Dallas woman who was acquitted after trial where she was accused of a gory murder
Jessica Biel transforms into Candy Montgomery, the Dallas-born woman who was charged with murder after she killed her friend Betty Gore with an ax in 1980. The Hulu series, 'Candy' follows the true-crime story of Candy Montgomery who gained attention after the investigation revealed that Gore was reportedly struck 41 times with the ax. During her trial, Montgomery admitted to hitting her friend multiple times with the ax, then left the crime scene and covered up the evidence.
The series, a collaborative project with HBO is all set to premiere on May 9, and will run in parallel with the latter's streaming network's latest true-crime thriller 'The Staircase', 'Candy' stars Biel, Melanie Lynskey ('Yellowjackets'), Timothy Simons ('Veep'), and Pablo Schreiber ('Halo').
Where is Candy Montgomery now?
Here's a quick primer of the case for those unaware. Betty Gore, an elementary school teacher was found dead on June 13, 1980. Observations revealed that she has 41 ax wounds, and the weapon was found in Montgomery's house. The evidence at the crime scene led the authorities to Montgomery's house and she was arrested on June 27, 1980, for Gore's murder. She confessed to killing the woman during her trial. It was revealed that the attack was prompted after Montgomery was caught having an affair with Gore's husband.
In her trial, Montgomery also claimed that it was Gore who attacked her with the ax first and lost control of the weapon which led to a struggle between the two. In the end, the decision to kill her was made when Montgomery felt it was her friend who was more aggressive. Per The US Sun, she was acquitted of all charges brought against her in what was dubbed as one of the most shocking verdicts ever. According to AETV, Montgomery left Texas after her acquittal and moved to Georgia where she worked as a family counselor.
“As far as I’m concerned, justice will be served. She (Montgomery) has to live with it,” Bob Pomeroy, Gore’s father, told United Press International. “I wouldn’t say I was happy with the verdict. We don’t know what happened, and we never will know what happened.”
The official synopsis reads, "Candy Montgomery is a 1980s housewife and mother who did everything right — good husband, two kids, nice house, even the careful planning and execution of transgressions. But when the pressure of conformity builds within her, her actions scream for just a bit of freedom. Until someone tells her to shush. With deadly results."
'Candy' premieres May 9 on Hulu.