We meet the evil Lenore Karidian in Conscience Of The King. She's the prima diva actress in a travelling Shakespeare troupe. Her father, Anton Karidian, runs the show, and he's an actor as well.
While the Karidian troupe performs at Planet Q, Dr. Tom Leighton contacts the U.S.S. Enterprise supposedly about a new synthetic food concentrate. He confesses to Kirk that his real reason for contacting Kirk was that he suspects Anton Karidian is really "Kodos the Executioner". Leighton, Kirk, and Kirk's shipmate Kevin Riley are the only people left alive who could possibly identify Kodos.
When Dr. Leighton is soon thereafter murdered, Kirk decides to transport the Karidian Players to the Benecia Colony on board the U.S.S. Enterprise - to investigate Karidian in an attempt to learn if he is, indeed, Kodos and responsible for many deaths, including possibly Leighton's death.
Kirk makes a play for Lenore Karidian, obviously because he wants to use her to get to her father, but she very skillfully and boldly parries his seductive efforts with some smokin' seductive games of her own. She totally welcomes his interest, and comes on to Kirk in a big way. She snakily slithers right into Kirk's head and damn near hooks him. DAMN near. They kiss, and stuff.
It's a good thing Kirk doesn't actually end up in bed with her, or he wouldn't have woken up the next day. She was a serial murderess, and she was stalking him.
When Riley (another Kodos witness) is poisoned, he ends up in sickbay where he learns of Kirk's suspicions about Karidian/Kodos. He goes to the theater intending to kill Kodos. Kirk stops Riley, and arrests Karidian. Lenore confronts Kirk with a weapon in her hand and reveals that she is the one who has been killing everyone who knows about her father's past. Karidian is horrified to learn what his daughter has been doing. Karidian/Kodos impulsively interposes himself between Lenore and Jim Kirk, and is accidently killed by Lenore.
Lenore completely loses what's left of her evil mind when she realizes that she killed her own precious father. The irony of all of this is that she was only trying to protect him all along.
Lenore Karidian is bad, bad, bad, but you have to admit she was very good at it. Nobody even suspected her until the very last. She was a great actress, and a damn good serial killer.
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