Karen Gaines
Name Karen Gaines
Pathology Proxy kidnapper
Proxy murderer
Ex-drug addict
Status Imprisoned
Actor Ellen Greene
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.

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