Is Love And Death Based On A True Story? The True Story of Candy Montgomery
There is a question hanging over production of the series, which we’ll address briefly before diving into some of the facts of the real-life face. That question: Why are we revising this story?
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We can't deny that true crime stories of deceit, murder, and villainy continue to captivate the world's population. Is this due to the overwhelming positivity on social media being seen as disingenuous? Or is it that people are subconsciously seeking out the darker side of life due to the lack of satisfaction with faux-positivity? If that sounds overly critical, remember that even shows like 'Love & Death' are based on real-life events.
#1. What is 'Love & Death' about?
According to the official synopsis, Love & Death follows the "unbelievable true story of Candy Montgomery, a 1980s Texas housewife accused of murder. Despite a loving family, a picture-perfect home, and an active presence at church, Candy is unable to shake her sense of suburban ennui."
"After an unexpectedly charged moment with fellow church member Allan Gore, Candy finds just the risk-taking thrill that's been missing from her life. Their ensuing, meticulously strategized affair unfolds mostly as planned — until their respective spouses, Pat and Betty, each discover their secret… and someone picks up an axe," the synopsis reads.
As it's easy to imagine, Candy and Allan became emotionally entangled, and, well things took an evil turn, with Candy, a churchgoing mother just looking for an affair, murdering another mother and the wife of her lover.
#2. Is Love and Death based on a true story?
Yes, 'Love & Death' is a true story. The miniseries stars Elizabeth Olsen as Candy Montgomery, a real-life Texas housewife who murdered Betty Gore in 1980. The show marks what should be another great entry in Lionsgate Television's string of excellent HBO properties created by David E. Kelley and Nicole Kidman. The pair also worked together on Big Little Lies and The Undoing.
The crime drama is based on a collection of articles found in Texas Monthly that share the same name ("Love & Death in Silicon Prairie") along with the book Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death. The miniseries is directed by Lesli Linka Glatter, who's got a ridiculous list of credits to her name.
Glatter most recently directed an episode of The Morning Show and the upcoming shows The Banker's Wife and Zero Day. Her credits also include Homeland, Ray Donovan, Justified, Masters of Sex, The Walking Dead, The Newsroom, True Blood, Pretty Little Liars, and several other known series.
#3. Where Is Candy Montgomery now?
According to The Dallas Morning News, who reported an update on the case in late 2021, Montgomery moved to Georgia after the trial and still lives there. The paper reached out to Montgomery, now in her 70s. They were told by a relative that Montgomery suffers from PTSD—and that calls to her home weren't helping.
The paper speculated as to why producers and streaming networks have remained so interested in the now more than 40-year-old case: “There’s the most obvious reason: It happened in a middle-class white community. Take the same facts—with all their brutality—and transpose them somewhere poorer and less racially homogeneous. Would there be a streaming series? Would it even have been front-page news?”
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