Candy Montgomery Case: Love and Death True Story Explained

‘Love and Death’ is HBO Max’s latest true crime drama miniseries that tells the tragic story of Candy Montgomery and Allan Gore’s illicit affair that leads to the brutal murder of his wife Betty Gore in the end.

Elizabeth Olsen is starring in the lead role of Candy in the mini TV series that delves deep into the events that led to the crime, the trial that followed, and the aftermath of crime that shattered many lives.

Who was Candy Montgomery?

Candy Montgomery is the central figure in the true crime story that inspired the HBO Max series “Love and Death.”

Elizabeth Olsen as Candy Montgomery in Love and Death HBO MAX series

She was a housewife in the town of Wylie, Texas, who had an affair with a married man named Allan Gore and she was so obsessed with Allan that she didn’t bother to kill his real wife Betty Gore with an ax on 13 June 1980.

Her trial and subsequent acquittal on the basis of self-defense left many people questioning the justice system and the validity of her claims. That’s why it’s crucial to understand that no justice sytem is perfect.

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Why Candy Montgomery murdered Betty?

The exact motivation behind Betty’s murder is not known but some investigators believe that Candy’s relationship with Allan played a key role in that.

Candy Montgomery and Allan had been having an affair from several months. Some say that Candy was jealous of Betty while other group believes that the Texas killer was afraid that their relationship would be exposed.

Moreover, there are several reports that says, Candy Montgomery was struggling with mental health issues at the time of the murder.

She entered into Betty’s home under the pretext of borrowing a fan and as soon as she opened the door, she repeatedly attacked Betty through her axe until she was lying dead on the floor with a pool of blood.

Bob and Bertha Pomeroy: The Loving Grandparents

Bob and Bertha married on 22 Jan 1949 in Claremore, Oklahoma and settled later in Norwich, Kansas to become the member of the United Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star in Norwich.

They had three children together namely Ron, Betty, and Richard with five grandchildren namely Samuel, Miles, Stacie, Jacob, and Nicholas, and two great-grandchildren named Jordan and Brett.

After the tragic death of their daughter Betty in 1980, they adopted her daughters, Alisa and Bethany, and moved to California taking the girls.

Betty’s Murder and the Aftermath

When Betty was killed, her family came out with her husband’s support while her parents took up all the responsibilities of Betty, including the care of granddaughters.

However, the horrific incident shook off their lives, and they demanded justice. Pomeroy family was disappointed with the court’s verdict that states that Candy was acting in self defense and innocent.

Bob Pomeroy said: “As far as I’m concerned, justice will be served. She has to live with it. I wouldn’t say I was happy with the verdict. We don’t know what happened, and we never will know what happened.”

Bob and Bertha Pomeroy’s Death

Bob died at the age of 75 on June 13, 2003 while his wife, Bertha Pomeroy, died two years later at the age of 77 on January 4, 2010.

Both the Pomeroys died naturally in Conway Springs, Kansas and were laid to rest together in Upchurch Cemetery in Norwich, Kingman County, Kansas.

The Tragic Legacy

Bob and Bertha Pomeroy were highly respected members of their community, cherished by their loved ones. The devastating loss of their daughter rocked their world, and they yearned for justice to be served.

However, their hopes were shattered when Candy Montgomery was acquitted of the crime. The Pomeroy’s were disheartened by the verdict and found Candy’s self-defense argument unconvincing.

Bob Pomeroy expressed his dissatisfaction with the outcome, saying that justice would eventually be served, and Candy would have to live with her actions. The family still feels the pain of the tragedy, and the unresolved circumstances of Betty’s death continue to haunt them to this day.

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