WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Love and Death.
Love and Death delves into the murder of Betty Gore (played by Lily Rabe) and the trial that saw Candy Montgomery (Elizabeth Olsen) facing life in prison.
After she was arrested in episode five, Candy required the help of attorney Don Crowder (Tom Pelphrey), despite him having no experience with criminal trials at the time.
Nevertheless, his often unorthodox methods helped to confirm what really happened, hiring a psychiatrist to hypnotise Candy to reveal the events leading up to Betty’s murder.
It came out that Betty had “shushed” her neighbour, something which triggered a traumatic incident from Candy’s past, forcing her to strike the victim 41 times as a dissociative reaction during the confrontation.
Crowder’s tactics miraculously worked as after an eight-day trial, the jury acquitted Candy of the murder.
What happened to Candy Montgomery’s attorney Don Crowder?
According to the Dallas Observer, many questioned “how he [Crowder] could defend a criminal, a murderer”.
His wife Carol explained how he had received death threats after the trial and those they considered friends no longer wanted to associate with the pair.
This didn’t stop Crowder from moving on with his life as he went on to run for Governor of Texas and even though he didn’t win, he still received more than 118,000 votes.
It was then in 1991 that Crowder opened up a sports bar called Gameday Sport Cafe but this proved unsuccessful as well.
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Crowder had to shut down the bar due to financial reasons which meant he was on the edge of bankruptcy.
His mental health took another downward spiral as well when his brother Barry died in a tragic accident in 1997.
Screenrant reported that Crowder died by suicide on November 10, 1998, at the age of just 56.
Before his death, he told the Dallas Observer that the Candy Montgomery trial “was maybe the zenith of an extraordinarily successful career, or the demise of what could have been”.
Don Crowder in Love and Death on HBO Max is played by actor Tom Pelphrey.
He won two Emmy Awards for his role as Jonathan Randall in CBS’ Guiding Light and has also been Mick Dante in CBS’ As the World
Turns and Kurt Bunker in the series Banshee.
On the other hand, Netflix subscribers will recognise him as Ben Davis in the crime drama Ozark.
Love and Death is available to watch on HBO Max.
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