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 Betty Gore

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Betty Gore Famous memorial

Original Name
Betty Eileen Pomeroy
Birth
Harper, Harper County, Kansas, USA
Death
13 Jun 1980 (aged 30)
Wylie, Collin County, Texas, USA
Burial
Norwich, Kingman County, Kansas, USA
Plot
Row U Lot 20
Memorial ID
42600363 View Source

Murder Victim. She is best remembered as having been the victim of Candace "Candy" Montgomery who slew her upon being discovered of having an affair with her husband, Allan Gore. Born Eileen Pomeroy, she was raised within a traditional working-class family, one of three children of insurance salesman Bob Pomeroy and housewife Bertha Pomeroy. Cited as being "one of the most popular girls" in the rural community of Norwich, Texas, while working as a fifth-grade teacher at R.C. Dodd Middle School, she wed Rockwell International major defense contractor Allan Gore in January 1970 and with him mothered two daughters. An active parishioner of the First Methodist Church of Lucas, Texas, who not only sang in the choir but also coordinated the congregation's youth group and women's division, she became quite close with one of her fellow parishioners, Candy Montgomery. Upon becoming quite close to one another, unbeknownst to Betty, Candy and Allan Gore began meeting one another outside of church and their respective homes in secret starting in December 1978, beginning an illicit affair. In June 1979, when Allan and Candy ended their affair following the birth of her second daughter, Bethany, the two families continued living beside one another as neighbors, same as being involved as parishioners due to the fact that Candy's own children were so close to Betty's. On the morning of June 13, 1980, Candy had stopped by to visit Betty at her home wanting to collect a bathing suit that she was being gifted to fit her own daughter, Alisa, who was intended to spend that evening with the Gores. While conversing with Candy, Betty, who had long pondered and gained an understanding about what Candy and her husband had done in terms of infidelity, began inquiring to Candy about the affair she and Allan had. Upon hearing this, Candy reciprocated with such intense rage that she began a physical altercation with Betty, which ended in Betty's death. Candy retreated to her own home across the street and showered herself off going about her day as if nothing had ever happened. After it had been discovered that Candy Montgomery was responsible for the homicide, she immediately was arrested and tried for the murder of Betty Gore. During the infamous trial, Montgomery claimed that what reinforced her resolve in murdering Gore had to do with self—defense alleging that Gore started the altercation by attacking her. The prosecution argued that Montgomery could have "fled rather than bludgeon" and on October 30, 1980, a jury of nine women and three men found Montgomery as being not guilty of Betty Gore's death and she was acquitted of all charges. After the verdict was rendered, Betty's brother Richard Gore was notably cited as saying, "I don't think justice was served in the least bit. I think it was a murder!" In January 1984, authors Jim Atkinson and John Bloom published two stories for the "Texas Monthly'' centered on the infamously disturbing case entitled "Love and Death in Silicon Prairie" and in May 2022 Gore was portrayed by actress Melanie Lynskey in the acclaimed HULU series, "Candy," which centered on the details of her life, the affair, and disturbing events that unfolded.

Murder Victim. She is best remembered as having been the victim of Candace "Candy" Montgomery who slew her upon being discovered of having an affair with her husband, Allan Gore. Born Eileen Pomeroy, she was raised within a traditional working-class family, one of three children of insurance salesman Bob Pomeroy and housewife Bertha Pomeroy. Cited as being "one of the most popular girls" in the rural community of Norwich, Texas, while working as a fifth-grade teacher at R.C. Dodd Middle School, she wed Rockwell International major defense contractor Allan Gore in January 1970 and with him mothered two daughters. An active parishioner of the First Methodist Church of Lucas, Texas, who not only sang in the choir but also coordinated the congregation's youth group and women's division, she became quite close with one of her fellow parishioners, Candy Montgomery. Upon becoming quite close to one another, unbeknownst to Betty, Candy and Allan Gore began meeting one another outside of church and their respective homes in secret starting in December 1978, beginning an illicit affair. In June 1979, when Allan and Candy ended their affair following the birth of her second daughter, Bethany, the two families continued living beside one another as neighbors, same as being involved as parishioners due to the fact that Candy's own children were so close to Betty's. On the morning of June 13, 1980, Candy had stopped by to visit Betty at her home wanting to collect a bathing suit that she was being gifted to fit her own daughter, Alisa, who was intended to spend that evening with the Gores. While conversing with Candy, Betty, who had long pondered and gained an understanding about what Candy and her husband had done in terms of infidelity, began inquiring to Candy about the affair she and Allan had. Upon hearing this, Candy reciprocated with such intense rage that she began a physical altercation with Betty, which ended in Betty's death. Candy retreated to her own home across the street and showered herself off going about her day as if nothing had ever happened. After it had been discovered that Candy Montgomery was responsible for the homicide, she immediately was arrested and tried for the murder of Betty Gore. During the infamous trial, Montgomery claimed that what reinforced her resolve in murdering Gore had to do with self—defense alleging that Gore started the altercation by attacking her. The prosecution argued that Montgomery could have "fled rather than bludgeon" and on October 30, 1980, a jury of nine women and three men found Montgomery as being not guilty of Betty Gore's death and she was acquitted of all charges. After the verdict was rendered, Betty's brother Richard Gore was notably cited as saying, "I don't think justice was served in the least bit. I think it was a murder!" In January 1984, authors Jim Atkinson and John Bloom published two stories for the "Texas Monthly'' centered on the infamously disturbing case entitled "Love and Death in Silicon Prairie" and in May 2022 Gore was portrayed by actress Melanie Lynskey in the acclaimed HULU series, "Candy," which centered on the details of her life, the affair, and disturbing events that unfolded.

Bio by: Lowell Thurgood


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  • Originally Created by: MMurdock
  • Added: 1 Oct 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 42600363
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/42600363/betty-gore: accessed ), memorial page for Betty Gore (9 Jan 1950–13 Jun 1980), Find a Grave Memorial ID 42600363, citing Upchurch Cemetery, Norwich, Kingman County, Kansas, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.