‘Candy,’ a crime thriller miniseries on Hulu, recounts Betty Gore’s murder and its unexpected culprit. Set in 1980s Texas, Betty, a young suburban mother, is suddenly killed by her friend Candy. Following the horrible crime comes a compelling inquiry, made even more intriguing by aspects of hypnotherapy and suggestions of a secret affair. Despite its dramatic nature, the incident makes a real news story. So, how much of what we see on “Candy” is based on a true story? Let us investigate.
If Candy seems to be all over the place, it’s because it is. Moreover, this sordid case is so popular that rival platform HBO is also making a limited series about the case, starring Elizabeth Olsen and executive produced by Nicole Kidman. Today, however, we’re focusing strictly on the latest Hulu production, which without further ado, we’re unpacking for you.
Is Candy Based On A True Story?
‘Candy’ is based on a true crime story. The Hulu miniseries dramatizes Betty Gore’s 1980 murder by her friend Candace “Candy” Montgomery. The tale, written by Robin Veith and Nick Antosca, is based on multiple news sources and dives into the events surrounding the murder in great depth. The dramatic version is pretty accurate, with many characters based on real people.
How Did Betty Gore Die?
Betty Gore was attacked 41 times with an ax in Wylie, Texas, in 1980, according to the real-life event on which ‘Candy’ is based. On June 13, 1980, after his wife did not answer the phone, Allan Gore, away on business, requested a neighbor to check to see whether she was home. According to the series, the neighbor’s name was Richard Parker. When Allan called Candy to inquire about Betty, Candy informed him that she had seen Allan’s wife earlier.
Candy later informed authorities that she met Betty on June 13 to pick up the Gores’ eldest daughter’s swimsuit for a swim lesson. When Allan told the cops about his affair with Candy, she became a suspect and was arrested and charged with murder. Candy shared a home with her husband, Pat, who worked at a technology firm. According to Jim Atkinson and John Bloom’s book ‘Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs,’ Candy once told a friend that she was “bored nuts.”
How Did Candy Montgomery Meet Allan Gore?
Candy met Allan Gore at a church volleyball game in 1978, and after flirting for a while, the two began an affair. He began to remove himself from experience and focus on his marriage after the birth of Allan and Betty’s second daughter in 1979. Betty was discovered slain in their house about a year later while he was gone on a business trip to St. Paul. Their infant daughter was found unharmed in another room of the house.
Did Candy Montgomery Go To Jail For The Murder Of Betty Gore?
Another noteworthy feature of the narrative is Candy’s eventual acquittal of the murder. Candy’s defense claimed that Candy killed Betty in self-defense after Betty attacked her with an ax. A doctor testified that Candy had a “dissociative reaction” and was ignorant of how she attacked Betty with the ax, which explained why she struck her 41 times. The psychiatrist supposedly hypnotized Candy and the doctor took the information from her. Candy was acquitted after the jury agreed.
Candy’s version of events is depicted in the show, which does not take sides. However, there is some doubt about what happened between the two erstwhile friends on that fateful day. This fact is consistent with the tone of skepticism surrounding the true-life narrative. Aside from the murder, the Hulu production adheres to the facts as reported in the media.
As a result, ‘Candy’ is a true-crime series in the strictest sense, and it is based on some very actual newsworthy incidents. With this info, we wrap up our coverage of the Hulu series here at Otakukart. Thanks for your attention. And please go to our main page to check out what’s new in the entertainment world. Happy streaming, and see you soon.
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