Jessica Biel is unrecognizable as homicidal housewife Candy Montgomery in new miniseries based on the real-life killing of Betty Gore
Jessica Biel is nearly unrecognizable in Hulu’s new true crime series Candy while portraying a Texas housewife who butchered her close friend with an axe.
In the trailer for upcoming series new show, the 40-year-old actress (pictured) can be seen completely transformed accused murderer Candy Montgomery, who gained notoriety for allegedly killed her friend Betty Gore with an axe on June 13, 1980.
The preview begins at a baby shower for Gore (Melanie Lynskey), who takes the time to say how ‘touched’ she is by Montgomery’s generosity, compassion and friendship.
‘You’re just a sweetheart,’ the late fifth-grade teacher tells her pal as the clip shows Biel’s character embarking on a months-long affair with her husband Allan Gore. Chilling music begins to play in the background as Candy admits she feels ‘horrible’ to one of her friends about sleeping with Betty’s husband.
Footage then pans to Candy telling Allan that she believes Candy knows about their relationship. She goes on to pay Betty a visit. While the trailer does not show what goes down between the women, Betty ends up dead, and cops begin looking for the killer, who they presume is a ‘drifter’ or ‘strong male.’
‘In this community, it’s been a big shock,’ she tells the police. ‘We were friends.’ As the police tell her ‘swinging an axe 41 times ain’t easy,’ one of the officers points out she has a few broken fingernails. ‘Oh. They’re just so brittle, I really try to go them, but I can’t,’ she says in the clips’ final seconds. Pictured: Biel in character.
In real life, Candy was ultimately charged with murder and released on bail with the full support of her church. She hired Don Crowder, a lawyer she knew from the church, to represent her. They agreed she would meet with Dr. Fred Fason, a psychiatrist and clinical hypnotist, to help her remember what happened on the night of Betty’s murder for her trial. Pictured: Jessica Biel in costume as Candy.
Dr. Fason determined after a few hypnosis sessions that Candy suffered from childhood trauma that had triggered her rage as an adult. She told the jury that Betty had confronted her about her affair with Allan and had attacked her with the axe first, claiming she turned the murder weapon on her former friend in self-defense.
Candy delivered 41 blows to Betty’s body — 40 of which were done while her heart was still beating — but she insisted she didn’t mean to kill her. After the jury heard the final arguments, Candy was found not guilty.
The Montgomerys stayed together after the trial and moved to Georgia, but they later divorced. It was reported Candy now goes by her maiden name of Candace Wheeler and works as a mental health therapist for teens and adults.
The case went on to inspire the CBS television movie ‘A Killing in a Small Town,’ which aired on May 22, 1990. Hulu picked up ‘Candy in December 2020, while it was revealed this week that Elizabeth Olsen will be playing Candy HBO Max’s adaptation of the case. Pictured: Jessica Biel in the role.