CANDY Montgomery's affair with her neighbor infamously ended in a Friday the 13th ax murder that has inspired a Hulu series starring Jessica Biel.
The housewife had been living a seemingly idyllic life in the Texas suburbs when she, bored with her routine, reportedly asked her neighbor and friend Betty Gore's husband Allan to start an affair.
Allan reportedly hesitated at first, but in 1978 the pair embarked on the affair, which they planned to keep strictly about sex, meeting every other week at a motel and splitting the cost.
They also agreed that the affair was to end as soon as either of them started having feelings for the other, as reported by Texas Monthly.
But that rule was apparently broken when Candy revealed that she had feelings for Allan, and he decided to continue the affair anyway.
That was until late 1979 when his wife Betty gave birth to their second daughter, and Allan finally ended the affair, to Candy's dismay.
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The affair had been over for months when on June 13, 1980, Betty confronted Candy about it, according to Candy's version of events.
Candy claimed in her testimony that she first denied the affair, but confessed when asked about it a second time.
That's when, according to Candy, Betty went to the garage and grabbed an ax, telling her to never sleep with Allan again. After Candy apologized, Betty allegedly insisted that she "had to kill" Candy.
Per Candy's testimony, Betty then swung the ax repeatedly, starting a fight that moved to the bathroom, where Betty's body was eventually found.
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Allan had been on a trip when the murder happened and asked a neighbor to check in on Betty after she failed to answer several calls.
Neighbor Richard Parker and two others entered the home after Betty didn't answer knocks on the door – and found her in the bathroom and her one-year-old infant crying in a nearby crib.
According to official reports, she had been struck by an ax 41 times.
After briefly considering Allan a suspect, police zeroed in on Candy, who had admitted to being the last person to see Betty alive.
Moreover, a shoe print found at the scene told investigators the suspect was someone who was small in stature.
Candy was charged with the murder but when she took the stand in the courtroom, she claimed self-defense.
She said she blacked out after Betty charged at her with the ax, and when she came to, Betty was dead and she left to pick up the kids from school.
The jury, made up of nine women and three men, left the courtroom to deliberate, and when they read the final verdict, Candy was declared innocent of murdering Betty.
Following the dismissal of the charges brought against the assailant, Candy's whereabouts are shrouded in mystery.
The Daily Mail claimed Candy and her family moved to Georgia.
Sometime during the reported move to Georgia, she and her husband – Pat Montgomery – allegedly got divorced.
It was also reported by The Daily Mail that Candy worked as a mental health therapist for some time.
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"Candy" is now streaming on Hulu.
The series finale will air on May 13, 2022, which is part of a collaborative project with HBO.
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