What Hulu's chilling new show 'Candy' is about — and what to know before watching

What Hulu's chilling new show 'Candy' is about — and what to know before watching
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  • Hulu's new show "Candy" is based on the chilling real-life story of Candy Montgomery, a housewife.

  • Texas Monthly articles describe the killing of Betty Gore, whom Montgomery was accused of murdering.

  • Biel stars as Montgomery in the Hulu series, while Melanie Lynskey will play Gore.

The brutal killing of Betty Gore in 1980 shocked the small Texas town where she lived — now, Gore's case will be brought to life in "Candy," a new drama series on Hulu.

Starring Melanie Lynskey as Gore and Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery, Gore's friend turned killer, the chilling series will premiere Monday. Timothy Simons, Pablo Schreiber, and Raúl Esparza will also appear on the show.

Here's everything to know about the real-life Montgomery and Gore ahead of the premiere of "Candy."

Montgomery had a months-long affair with Gore's husband, Allan

Both the Montgomerys (Candy was married to a Texas Instruments engineer, Pat) and the Gores were active in their local church, which was how Montgomery and Allan Gore met.

Texas Monthly reported that after a church volleyball game, Montgomery asked Gore if he'd like to have an affair with her. Both were sexually unsatisfied in their marriages but didn't want to get divorces, the outlet said.

Weeks of meticulous planning (including making a pros and cons list for having an affair) eventually led to frequent sexual encounters between Montgomery and Gore at cheap motels, Texas Monthly reported, adding that the two vowed to keep their affair strictly physical and avoid any unwanted feelings of attachment toward each other.

But as the affair continued, Montgomery appeared to grow more attached to Gore, leaving him homemade treats and greeting cards on his car windshield and becoming dismayed when he asked to end their relationship, the outlet reported. The two broke it off shortly after the birth of Gore's second child with his wife.

Montgomery and Betty Gore were close, by all accounts, until Gore's death in June 1980

Montgomery and Allan Gore took great pains to hide their affair from their respective spouses, which meant the two couples continued socializing regularly with each other and other church members, despite Montgomery and Gore's trysts, Texas Monthly reported.

But in June 1980, Betty Gore confronted Montgomery about the affair after Montgomery arrived at the Gore family's home to pick up their daughter Alisa for swim lessons. Pointing to the letters and notes Montgomery left her husband as proof, Betty Gore grew upset, which led to a struggle with an ax, the Texas magazine reported.

According to Texas Monthly's reporting on Montgomery's trial, the two women fought for control over the weapon before Montgomery prevailed, slicing Gore with the ax 41 times and killing her.

Montgomery later said she killed Gore in self-defense and was acquitted of murder after her trial.

2 articles by Texas Monthly take a deep dive into the affair and Gore's death

Titled "Love and Death in Silicon Prairie," the stories follow Montgomery and Allan Gore's affair, as well as the aftermath of their breakup and Betty Gore's death.

The articles also describe the immense amount of planning that went into Montgomery and Allan Gore's clandestine relationship and the effort made by Gore to save his marriage after a transformative weekend at a couple's retreat.

Both stories provide a glimpse into both the affair and the killing.

Another adaptation of Montgomery's story is coming to HBO Max later this year

HBO's version cast the "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" star Elizabeth Olsen as Montgomery, and the "American Horror Story" star Lily Rabe will portray the doomed Betty Gore. Jesse Plemons will star as Allan Gore in the forthcoming HBO show.

Hulu's "Candy" premieres Monday. You can watch the trailer below.

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