|Pathology|| Proxy kidnapper|
|First Appearance||Bitter Fruit|
Karen Gaines, mother of kidnapping/murder victim Jodie Gaines, was a murderer.
Karen shot suspect Nick Capetti to death in a courtroom, even though she ordered her kidnapping. She did not intend for her to die but she was willing to do anything to spite her ex-husband, especially since his condescending nature of her caused her to develop an addiction to pain pills.
As Nick was being arraigned, Karen pulled out a gun she smuggled in and fatally shot him three times in the courtroom.
After pleading guilty to manslaughter in Nick's death, Karen was sentenced to two years in a halfway house, but later pleaded guilty to manslaughter in her daughter's death, as her hiring Nick to kidnap Jodie caused her death, and was sentenced to six years in prison.