Why did Candy Montgomery kill Betty? The real story behind Hulu's 'Candy'

A horrific murder is the focus of 'Candy' on Hulu but why did Candy Montgomery kill Betty?

Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery in Candy on Hulu. Why did Candy Montgomery kill Betty?
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If you're like us, you've already binged your way through the best true crime on Netflix and are now searching with detective precision for the next titillating title to stream. Meet Candy, Jessica Biel's new 1980s Hulu, centered on a shocking true-crime tale that rocked a small North Texas town. 

The five-episode limited series—which airs every night from Monday, May 9 through Friday, May 13—centers on Candy Montgomery (Biel, who also executive produced the show), a god-fearing, 30-year-old Southern wife and mother who killed her friend Betty Gore (played by Yellowjackets star Melanie Lynskey) with a three-foot ax. 

The first episode of Candy shows the mundane morning that Montgomery has on the day of the murder, spent doing errands, going to church and planning a Star Wars movie night for the kids—that is, until she pops over to her friend Betty Gore's house to pick up a swimsuit for Betty's daughter, who is spending the night at the Montgomery's. We don't know yet why did Candy Montgomery kill Betty in the show, but it's clear that something sinister occurs during the encounter, with Candy leaving bloodied and shaken. 

If you can't wait until Friday, May 13 to find out what caused the brutal crime, here's what we know.

*Warning: Major spoilers ahead!*

Why did Candy Montgomery kill Betty?

Real-life Candy Montgomery and Betty Gore first met at The First United Methodist Church of Lucas in Wylie, Texas. Their young daughters were friends, with the mothers regularly hosting each other's children for sleepovers, which the Hulu series shows. 

Their familial entanglement became dramatically knottier when Candy began cheating on her husband, Pat (played by Timothy Simmons in the miniseries), with Betty's husband, Allan Gore (portrayed by Pablo Schreiber). According to Texas Monthly, the seeds for the affair began in the summer of 1978, after spending time together at church choir and on the volleyball court, and the two began seeing each other every other week at a local motel. 

Betty Gore was pregnant with her and Allan's second child—Candy even threw her a surprise baby shower at the church—and when their daughter was born in late 1979, he guiltily ended his affair with Candy and neither of their spouses are the wiser to the infidelity. Or so they thought. 

Fast-forward to June 13, 1980, the day of Betty Gore's murder. With Allan gone to St. Paul, Minnesota, on business, Candy went to Betty's house to pick up a bathing suit for the Gores' daughter, whom she was babysitting. There, Betty confronted her about the affair, to which Candy admitted. According to Candy Montgomery's court testimony, Betty walked to the garage and grabbed an ax, warning Candy to never sleep with Allan again, and the two got in a physical struggle for control of the weapon, leaving Betty dead in the Gores' washroom. 

After Allan hadn't heard from his wife all day, he sent friends and neighbors to do a wellness check on his wife, during which they discovered her body, which had reportedly been struck by an ax 41 times.

Want to see how the rest of the crazy story plays out? Stay tuned to Candy, with a new episode premiering each day from May 9 through May 13 on Hulu. 

Christina Izzo

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 

More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York

When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.