Where the Real-Life Candy Montgomery Is Now


  • Hulu’s new drama “Candy” portrays the real-life story of Candy Montgomery, a Texas housewife.
  • Montgomery was accused of killing her friend Betty Gore with an ax in 1980, but later acquitted.
  • The whereabouts of the real-life Montgomery today are largely unknown, but some reports say she moved to Georgia.


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‘s new drama “Candy” tells the story of Candy Montgomery, a seemingly well-adjusted Texas housewife with a husband and two children who was accused of killing her friend Betty Gore with an ax in 1980 and later acquitted by a jury.

Two Texas Monthly articles published in 1984 revealed that Montgomery had been having an affair with Gore’s husband, Allan, as a result of her own sexually unsatisfying marriage. But when Gore confronted Montgomery about the affair in June 1980, a violent struggle ensued, leaving Gore (also a mother of two) dead — and with 41 ax wounds on her body.

In the new Hulu show, Jessica Biel stars as Montgomery, while Melanie Lynskey plays Gore. Pablo Schreiber and Timothy Simons appear as Allan Gore and Montgomery’s husband, Pat, respectively. 

Fans of the series may be wondering what happened to the real-life Montgomery after her acquittal and what became of Gore’s two children after her death. On the heels of the “Candy” finale on Friday, here’s what we know about the whereabouts of Gore’s children and Montgomery today.

Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery in the upcoming Hulu thriller "Candy."

Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery in the upcoming Hulu thriller “Candy.”

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Montgomery was acquitted of all charges following an intense trial

After Gore’s body was discovered in the suburban home she shared with her husband —with their infant in a crib upstairs, unharmed— investigators soon turned their attention to Montgomery, and subsequently charged the housewife with Gore’s death. 

However, Texas Monthly reported that during the trial, Montgomery’s legal team (which included a fellow member of her church, Don Crowder) suggested that she killed Gore in self-defense. The defense said that when Montgomery arrived at the home, Gore confronted Montgomery about the affair, and then brought out an ax. During a violent struggle, Gore told Montgomery to “shush,” which the defense team claimed inadvertently triggered a deadly dissociative episode rooted in Montgomery’s childhood trauma. Montgomery then “came to” after Gore was already dead. 

Per Texas Monthly, the defense’s explanation of events came about after Montgomery was hypnotized by a psychiatrist, who “uncovered” the tragic events of that day as well as Montgomery’s hidden trauma. A jury later found Montgomery not guilty of Gore’s death, and she was acquitted on all charges. 

Melanie Lynskey as Betty Gore (left) and Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery on Hulu's "Candy."

Melanie Lynskey as Betty Gore (left) and Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery on Hulu’s “Candy.”

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Montgomery has remained out of the public eye since her acquittal

According to reports from outlets including Buzzfeed News, Montgomery and her family left Texas after the trial and moved to Georgia, but little is known about their whereabouts today. Some reports also suggest that Montgomery and her husband later divorced and that she now goes by her maiden name. 

As for Gore’s children, they moved to Kansas to be cared for by Gore’s parents, and Allan Gore subsequently remarried, per Buzzfeed News. A member of Gore’s family recently told the publication that Gore’s children are now “happy and successful” in their adult lives, but have no interest in speaking about their mother’s death. 



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