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|“||This wasn't supposed to happen to my family.||„|
|~ Susan lamenting her husband Richard Jacobs's molestation of their niece, Katie.|
Susan Jacobs is the secondary antagonist of the Criminal Minds episode "Seven Seconds". She is a housewife who kidnaps her niece, Katie, because she deludes herself that Katie is the reason that her husband Richard is a pedophile.
She was portrayed by Suzanne Cryer.
Susan is married to Richard Jacobs, with whom she has a son, Jeremy. One day, Susan discovers that Richard has been sexually abusing their six-year-old niece, Katie.
Richard briefly moved out, and it seemed that the family was falling apart. Susan irrationally blamed Katie for "seducing" Richard, and became convinced that everything would return to normal if Katie was gone.
Susan learned about the kidnapping and murder of a young girl the week before, which had taken place at a shopping mall where she used to work.
Susan goes on a family outing to the mall with Richard, Jeremy, Katie, and Katie's parents, Richard's brother Paul and his wife Beth. Susan claims she is going to buy a birthday present for Richard, and tells Jeremy to watch Katie. When Jeremy gets distracted by a passing teenage girl in the arcade, Susan grabs Katie and ties her up in a storage bin in the mall's basement, fully aware that the girl's severe asthma would kick in and kill her. While restraining Katie, Susan tore off the necklace that Richard had given her to stay quiet about his abuse.
Agents from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) arrive at the mall to search for Katie and profile her kidnapper. While they search for Katie, Susan hypocritically comforts her hysterical brother-in-law and sister-in-law. Agents Emily Prentiss and Aaron Hotchner question Jeremy and briefly suspect him of doing something to his cousin, which provokes a nonchalant response from Susan. Prentiss finds this strange, and begins asking her questions. After Hotchner and Prentiss discover that Richard molested Katie, Prentiss confronts Susan with the reality of her husband's pedophilia, and observes that Susan's present, a cigarette lighter, seems inappropriate, as Richard had told her that he quit smoking a month before.
Prentiss finally shows Susan a doll which Katie had disfigured, and asks her if she actually thought that Richard's sickness would magically go away if Katie was gone. Susan breaks down and confesses to kidnapping Katie. BAU agent Derek Morgan finds a nearly dead Katie, and paramedics are able to revive her. Susan and Richard are both arrested, Richard for child sexual abuse and Susan for kidnapping.