If you’ve watched Candy on Hulu, you might be wondering where Candy Montgomery is and if she’s in jail for the murder of her close friend, Betty Gore.
Candy is based on the real-life case of Candy Montomgery, a housewife who was charged with the murder of her close friend, Betty Gore, in Wylie, Texas on June 13, 1980, after having an extramarital affair with Betty’s husband, Allan Gore. Candy – who lived near the Gores with her husband, Pat Montgomery, and their two children – was charged with assaulting Betty 41 times with a three-foot axe. In an interview with Pop Culture, Jessica Biel, who plays Candy and also produces the series, revealed why she wanted to play the character. “[Candy is] such a fascinating person, and the story is just too crazy to be nearly real, that’s how I feel,” Biel said. “But I love the pathology of a character like that. And I’m just interested in humans, and why they do the things they do. I always think, ‘Wow, we’re all capable of anything.'” She continued, “I like to stand right on the edge there and look over and [ask], ‘Am I capable of this?’ These are the questions I always ask myself specifically with a project like this.
Biel also told E! News about how she can relate to Candy, despite her character’s alleged crimes. “As we started to dive into it and we started to really 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 was really able to empathize with these women,” she says. “I saw myself struggling with some of the same issues that they’re struggling with.” She continued, “The pressure of being a woman and trying to do everything with a smile on your face, family and work pressures and everything. I feel that.”
In an interview with Pop Culture, Melanie Lynskey, who plays Betty, explained how she wanted to do Betty justice with her performance in Candy. “I loved all the little moments where they just show the mundanity of the suburban life these women led and how much they were put on their shoulders – how much they had to do each day, how exhausted they were both and at what point [we] slowly get to know them both,” she said. “Then it all ends at the end of the show in this way which is so shocking.”
She continued, “I wanted to make sure her story was told as fully as possible. That you understood the fact that she was a really struggling woman and had absolutely no help in any way and just the loneliness of that – of being someone who needed help and got it from nowhere back when everyone was supposed to be just like, ‘Ooh, I got married, so this is the rest of my life.’
But back to Candy. So where is Candy Montgomery now and did she go to jail for the Betty Gore murder? Read on for what we know about the real story behind Candy and if Candy Montgomery is still alive.
What happened to Candy Montgomery?
What happened to Candy Montgomery? Candy – who was born as Candice Wheeler – was charged with the murder of her close friend, Betty Gore, in Wylie, Texas on June 13, 1980, after having an extramarital affair with Betty’s husband, Allan Gore. Candy — who lived near the Gores with her husband, Pat Montgomery, and their two children — met Betty, a middle school teacher, during a service at Lucas United Methodist Church in Collin County, Texas, and became a close friend.
According to Texas Monthly, Candy confessed to the murder during a hypnosis session with psychiatrist Dr. Fred Fason. She claimed during her trial that she visited Betty to buy a bathing suit for Betty’s daughter, Alisa, who was staying with Candy and her husband for the night. While at Betty’s, Betty confronted Candy about the affair with Allan, which Candy confessed to but told Betty it happened “a long time ago”. Candy claimed at trial that Betty left the room and came back with an axe, with which she threatened Candy that she would never see Allan again, which Candy accepted. As she picked up Alisa’s bathing suit, Candy apologized to Betty, which she says made Betty mad at her and pushed her into a laundry room. Candy claimed that she and Betty had a long struggle that left her with cuts on her toes and head. She also claimed that Betty told her she wanted to “kill” her. Candy also alleged that she managed to pull Betty’s ax out and used the blade on Betty in self-defense before her friend could attack her again. In terror of having killed Betty, Candy tried to leave the room, but before she could, she claimed that Betty had stopped her by slamming her body against the door.
A struggle ensued between Betty and Candy, as Betty refused to let Candy go. During the fight, Betty told Candy to “shh”, which triggered Candy and caused her to hit her with the ax to the “point of total exhaustion”. During her hypnosis session, Candy also claimed that she suffered from a childhood trauma that was triggered when she was told to “shh”. On the day of Betty’s murder, Allan was out of town. When he couldn’t reach his wife on the phone, he asked the neighbors to watch her. After forcing their way into the house, they discovered Betty’s body, as Betty and Allan’s one-year-old daughter, Bethany, who was sleeping in her crib in another room at the time of the murder, cried and tossed herself. woke up. . A few feet away from Betty was a three-foot-long ax, which authorities said Candy used to cut Betty 41 times, including 28 times on the head and face.
Shortly after the murder, Betty turned herself in to local authorities and was given $100,000 bond, according to Fort Worth Star-Telegram. After an eight-day trial – where the defense argued that Candy acted in self-defense and the prosecution argued that Betty was conscious when most of the stabbings occurred and that her death was intentional ( and that she also showered in Betty’s bathroom after the murder)—Candy was acquitted of murder charges in October 1980. Psychiatrists testified at trial and claimed that Candy had a “dissociative reaction which had led her to stab Betty multiple times. The murder was also protected by the Texas “Stand Your Ground” law which permits the use of deadly force if necessary to prevent a violent crime, such as Betty’s violent threats against Candy.
Where is Candy Montgomery now?
Where is Candy Montgomery now? According to Texas Monthly, Candy and her husband, Pat, left Texas shortly after the trial in 1980 and moved to Georgia. They divorced four years later. According to Entertainment Weekly, Candy changed her name to Candace Wheeler (her maiden name) and still lives in Georgia, where she works as a mental health counselor with her daughter, Jenny.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2022, Biel revealed that she had tried to contact a representative for Candy to see “that she was interested in having any conversation”. “She wasn’t interested,” Biel said. To play Candy, Biel spoke to Candy’s attorney, Robert Udashen, one of her two attorneys who defended her in her case, whom Biel called a “huge resource of information” for Candy.
Biel also explained why she was drawn to Candy and Betty’s case for Candy. “For 90% of their lives they lived these very normal suburban lives, and then boom, this crazy thing happens,” she said. “She had to be loved and sympathetic and kind and kind and someone you can really support, and after this crazy thing happened, I still want you to be weirdly behind her,” she says. Lynskey added of Betty, “I just felt like I knew her, and parts of me were part of her.” She continued, “You live in that feeling and it can feel slightly repetitive at times, but that’s what depression feels like too.”
Biel also explained how she can sympathize with Betty and Candy. “Some of the themes were definitely the rage,” Biel said. “Undervalued is a big word… Loneliness, rage, and I think that societal pressure and need for perfection.” Lynskey added, “Women are expected to do everything and not complain. And all of that was present at that time and in that community. It’s kind of beautiful to see the story of two women who struggle and live their lives the best they can, but act in different ways – coping, not coping – and then it all comes to a head. this horrible way. .”
Biel also revealed that there was “a lot of talk” about whether to show Betty’s violent murder in Candy. “The pendulum kind of swung in that direction, then it came back in that direction, then it landed in the middle,” Biel said. “All we did was pull from the court documents, so we were really trying to be very true to his true story.” Lynskey added, “I understand the fear of showing something like this because it’s so intense and overwhelming, but at the same time, that’s what the story is about. This horrible thing that happened. I don’t know if you want to avoid the brutality and how awful it was and the intensity with which it must have happened.
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