CANDY Montgomery was a 30-year-old mother of two in the early 1980s when she was charged with the murder of her friend, Betty Gore.
Gore was found dead in her home on June 13, 1980, having been struck 41 times with an ax.
Who is Candy Montgomery?
Candy Montgomery was a stay-at-home mother who resided in the quiet, small town of Wylie, Texas, and cared for her and her husband's two children.
The family's life fell apart when her friend was found brutally murdered with her 1-year-old infant crying in a nearby crib.
Montgomery was charged with the murder but when she took the stand in the courtroom, she claimed self-defense.
She told the judge and jury that she had stopped by Betty Gore's house on June 13 to pick up a bathing suit for Gore's daughter who was staying with her that evening.
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Montgomery continued, saying she had been having an affair with Gore's husband, and for that reason, she claimed Gore charged at her with an ax.
It was then that she said she blacked out and when she came to, Gore was dead and she left to pick up the kids from school.
During the final days of the trial, Montgomery's defense attorney, Don Crowder, said in his final arguments that the prosecution had presented "not one word of evidence that has refuted the testimony of self-defense."
The jury, made up of nine women and three men, left the courtroom to deliberate, and when they read the final verdict, Montgomery was declared innocent of murdering Gore.
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It was ruled that Montgomery had acted in self-defense, and Crowder told UPI at the time, "We're just very pleased, very pleased. We're proud the jury had enough courage to stand up."
Gore's daughter, Bethany, was the infant left crying in her crib when her mother was killed, and speaking to Dallas Morning News in 2000, she said, “I just think (Montgomery) got away with it.”
Her sister, Alisa Gore Harder added, “My family has a lot of anger and a lot of hatred toward her."
Who are Candy Montgomery's children?
Montgomery and her husband Pat had two children, although little is known about them.
There have been films and TV series about the murders since the trial, and the two children who were never mentioned in court, have been given aliases.
In the Hulu docuseries, the children are named Becky and Jason, but in the 1990 TV movie, A Killing in a Small Town, they are called Sara and Sean.
However, The Cinemaholic has reported Montgomery's kids' real names are Jennifer and Ian.
The Montgomery family left Texas after Candy Montgomery was cleared of murder, and relocated to Georgia where they reportedly still reside.
A family member told Buzzfeed News that the new docuseries about Montgomery is forcing them to relive the horrific events from more than four decades ago.
“It’s extremely frustrating and definitely stressful,” the family member told Buzzfeed News.
“I hate that when I just want to scroll through the Hulu menu, I get slammed with a giant picture of ‘Candy.’”
Where can I watch the Hulu docuseries, Candy?
The first episode in the Hulu miniseries, Candy, premiered on May 9, 2022, and the following four episodes will air nightly.
Candy stars Jessica Biel in the lead role, Melanie Lynskey, taking on the role of Betty Gore, Timothy Simons as Pat Montgomery, and Pablo Schreiber as Alan Gore.
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"It will be unsettling and stressful the entire way through," Simons told ABC7 News.
Schreiber added, "Every single episode, it feels like we're being pulled toward that room to experience something that we probably don't want to experience but have to."
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