HBO Max’s Love and Death is an adaptation of Candy Montgomery’s story, as told through an investigation that culminated in her confessing her crime. If you follow HBO releases closely, this show covers all the essential components of cinematic true crime such as sex, violence, betrayal, lies and small-town secrets. The plot centers around Betty Gore being found dead on June 13, 1980 and how her death led to an investigation that ultimately resulted in Candy Montgomery confessing their involvement.
Love and Death: Elizabeth Olsen stars in true crime story of affair and murder
Love and Death, written and directed by Christopher Brooker, chronicles Candy Montgomery’s affair with Gore’s partner during their subsequent trial; Montgomery was found not guilty on October 30, 1980. Love and Death marks the third telling of this affair/murder after 1990 TV movie A Killing in a Small Town and Hulu series Candy with Jessica Biel as lead.
Elizabeth Olsen stars as Candy Montgomery, and it appears to be inspired by John Bloom and Jim Atkinson’s Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs published by Texas Monthly in 1984 as Love and Death in Silicon Prairie which follows their relationship through Candy Montgomery and Berry Gore’s lives.
Love And Death True Story
This series follows the reported facts leading up to and during a murder and subsequent trial, including Betty’s desire for pregnancy, conversations between Allan and Montgomery as well as Montgomery’s proposal of marriage for Allan. While events and dialogue in The True Story remain true to its source material, critics have noted how storytellers may have presented narrative from a killer’s point of view.
Deadly Temptation: The Scandalous Affair of Candy Montgomery
Candy Montgomery moved into her dream house in Collin County, Texas in 1977 with her husband Pat and two children. According to Candy, however, their marriage had become stagnant. At 29 years old and having known Allan Gore only nine months, Candy decided to pursue an affair with him – they both sang in church choir and played volleyball together at church volleyball team; Montgomery believed Gore was attracted to her and sought an affair as something to add excitement into her daily routine.
Montgomery left the crime scene and went directly to church after leaving her own vehicle at the scene of Gore’s assault, becoming the prime suspect and later arrested when Allan disclosed to police he and Montgomery had recently ended an affair, giving Montgomery ample motivation for her killing.
She was released from bail, hired an attorney, and sought out a hypnotist before appearing for trial in October; her defense during that trial made the claim that Montgomery flew into a rage after Gore attacked her, possibly because Gore said something which caused something trigger in Montgomery that set her off; Allan eventually moved out of state but still lives there today.