Was Betty Gore pregnant? Her condition during the murder

Betty Gore was slashed by an ax 41 times by her friend Candy Montgomery in mid-June 1980. Candy hadn’t gone to Betty’s home intent on killing her; she’d gone to collect a bathing suit for Betty’s daughter, Alisa, who was going to stay overnight with Candy’s children. But then Betty confronted Candy about an affair she’d had with Gore’s husband, sparking an argument that led to her death. 

The brutality of the killing pointed to guilt, but the jury in Wylie, Texas, saw merit in Candy’s self-defense argument and acquitted her. 

Betty’s killing has garnered attention due to the Hulu true-crime drama Candy

Betty Gore was not pregnant when Candy slashed her to death. 

A year prior, she and her husband Allan had welcomed a child named Bethany. She was in the house when the murder happened and stayed unattended for a day until neighbors broke into the house to investigate Betty’s absence. 

Richard Parker, Allan’s next-door neighbor, found Bethany hungry and stained with her own excrement. Her condition and crying increased his tension – it suggested that all was not well with Betty. 

One of the men, Lester Gayler, told The Dallas Morning News: “A little old baby raised its head up out of the crib, out of the baby bed. It began to cry. It’d been there all, nearly all day, hadn’t been fed or nothing.”

Moments later, two other neighbors discovered Betty’s body in the kitchen. 

When Candy approached Allan with the idea of having an affair, he and Betty had just decided to try having another child. However, their sex was purely mechanical – planned for nights during Betty’s fertility period and devoid of fun or pleasure. 

Betty got pregnant before Allan and Candy started their affair. “Betty just got pregnant again, too, and it would be unfair to her, especially since I don’t feel the same way about you that I do about her. So I probably couldn’t do something like that,” Allan told Candy (per Texas Monthly).

Betty had cheated on Allan previously, which hurt him, and he didn’t want to put her through a similar experience. Allan and Candy kept in touch, however, and he finally gave in. 

They slept together almost every other week at the Continental Inn, a mere three minutes away from Allan’s residence. When Betty was seven months pregnant, Allan ended the affair: Gore needed more care and attention, and he couldn’t bear the thought of Betty going into labor while he was with Candy.

The pair rekindled the affair after Bethany’s birth, but it didn’t feel the same anymore. Allan eventually ditched Candy to give his marriage another shot: he and Betty had completed a faith-based program to improve their relationship.

Seven months after the dalliance ended, Candy killed Betty. Only she knows whether spite over the breakup contributed to the murder.

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