Katrina Crane (née Van Tassel) was a main character and wife of former history professor-turned-Revolutionary War Captain Ichabod Crane. She is also a powerful witch in the coven the Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart, in which she was the leader. When Katrina had Ichabod's son, Jeremy Crane, she was banished from the Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart. Her mission was to prevent the Apocalypse. During the next 231 years, she was trapped in Purgatory, and was eventually freed by Ichabod and Abbie. After spending some time to free her husband's soul from darkness and bonding with Abraham, she decided to join forces with Henry Parrish and ended up being stabbed and killed by Ichabod when she tried to murder Abbie after she thwarted Katrina's attempt to use a time-traveling spell to alter the past and kill Ichabod in order to change history and correct the mistakes she believed she made.
During the early parts of the Revolutionary War, Katrina posed as a Quaker nurse and asked that she treat Arthur Bernard's wounds suffered during British Colonel Banastre Tarleton's interrogation. It was during this time that Katrina met British Lieutenant Ichabod Crane. Both she and Bernard were able to convince Crane to defect, knowing that he was a witness. Katrina then treated Crane's wound after Bernard was killed by Tarleton. During this time, Katrina was the arranged fiancee of Ichabod's best friend, Abraham Van Brunt. She then met Crane's possessive ex-fiance Mary Wells, who believed that she was trying to steal Crane from her. Katrina was then confronted by Wells, but she then tripped and fell down a cliff to her death. Katrina then forged a letter for Ichabod and hid Mary's death from him. During her engagement, Abraham always bought her splendid gifts such as expensive jewelry like her necklace. Ichabod however knew her better, and knew what simplicity she liked. It was for this reason that she broke off the engagement to be with him. She told Brunt that she could never make him truly happy.
During the Revolutionary War, while her husband Ichabod was a captain serving under General George Washington in the 37th Regiment, Katrina was a civilian nurse who worked in triage attached to his regiment. After Ichabod faced the Headless Horseman in battle and was about to seemingly lose his life, Katrina, at his side in triage, attempted to alert him of a secret that he must know though it was too late.
Katrina is actually a witch and the leader of the Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart, a coven whose duty it is to prevent the Apocalypse. She and her people placed Ichabod into a cave to keep him safe from the Headless Horseman who is actually Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The coven chained the Horseman's body in a coffin and sent it the bottom of the ocean to keep separate from Ichabod, who now shared a blood connection with him. Some time later, Katrina was trapped in Purgatory by Moloch as per his agreement with Death. Death was actually Abraham, and he wanted to win Katrina back as a prize.
It's revealed that Katrina gave birth to a son while in the Fredericks Manor due to the protective hex placed on the household, a child which Ichabod was previously unaware of until Abbie Mills told him about the vision she had seen with Katrina giving birth.
Ichabod makes contact with Katrina, who reveals to her husband their son's name was Jeremy, after Ichabod's grandfather. She then reveals it was not Moloch who imprisoned her in Purgatory but actually her own coven, the Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart. When Katrina hid Ichabod in the cave after he beheaded the Horseman, they demanded answers but she fled. She did not realize until after she sealed Ichabod that she was pregnant and sought haven at Fredericks Manor to deliver her child. But she did not want her son to share her life as a fugitive and with a heavy heart left Jeremy with Grace Dixon and her husband, giving him a doll to protect him.
When Ichabod awoke in 21st century Sleepy Hollow along with the Headless Horseman because of their bloodbond from Ichabod`s battle with the Horseman of Death during the Revolutionary War when Crane shot him, though his enemy arose nearly instantaneously, and after being sliced in the chest by the enemy's broadaxe Crane used his sword to decapitate him, Katrina came to him in the form of a bird who opened a door to her other worldly prison for him. Katrina informed him of the secrets she kept and told him of his duty as the First Witness, who must prevent the Horseman from getting his head, reaching full power, summoning his three comrades, and bringing about the end of the world. Before he departs at the arrival of the demon keeping her trapped, Katrina begs Ichabod to release her.
Katrina is freed from Purgatory when Abbie agrees to sacrifice herself and take Katrina's place. They meet up with Henry Parrish, whom Katrina knows as the Sin Eater and go to the place where the Horseman of War is supposed to rise. It is revealed that Henry is really the Cranes' long-lost son Jeremy, and that he is in fact the Horseman of War. Katrina and Ichabod are captured, and Katrina is taken by the Headless Horseman.
Captured by the HorsemanEdit
Katrina is in the custody of the Headless Horseman in some cabin. She’s tied to a chair, but he cuts the ropes and offers her bread. She tries to run, but he keeps that from happening. Later, Katrina is still scared and confused. Headless changed outfits! He’s now in the same traditional garb that he wore with Katrina at their party, and wraps the same necklace around her neck that he put around it then. The necklace allows her to see him as his old self: Abraham Von Brunt, and not Headless. Abraham says that her heart was stolen from him and Ichabod will be dead by midnight, but we don’t believe it.
Once imprisoned by Abraham, she is told that she will become a servant of Moloch and forever bound to Abraham through a binding ritual. She is also told that it's useless to attempt to escape, as the mansion has a powerful hex around it, suppressing her already weakened powers to the point where they're essentially useless. Katrina convinces Abraham that she will not attempt to flee and to let her come to love him on her own. Desiring her affections of her own free will, Abraham acquiesces.
Katrina uses her time in the mansion to try to gather intelligence about Moloch's plans, although she's caught eavesdropping every time. Katrina is attacked by the angry spirit of Ichabod's former betrothed, Mary Wells, and taken from the mansion. She manages to escape using her powers and meets up with Ichabod and Abbie. After learning the situation, Katrina works with Abbie to recite a spell that can drive the darkness from Mary's spirit while Ichabod distracts her. It works, but when Ichabod asks what happened to her, Mary points at Katrina before disappearing. It is revealed that in Mary's jealousy, she confronted Katrina the night before she was to leave for England, accusing her of stealing Ichabod away and making him betray his country. In her fury, she rushed Katrina, who moved out of the way and Mary tripped over a root, falling over the bridge and onto the river bank below, where she hit her head on a rock and bled to death. Abraham appears and Katrina stops him from killing Ichabod before explaining that he wasn't at fault for her leaving the mansion and returns with him.
It is revealed that Katrina has been impregnated by Jeremy with Moloch, who intends to use her as a vessel to be brought to the mortal world. Ichabod and Abbie manage to prevent this by finding a prism that extracts Moloch from her body just in time.
Eventually, Katrina returns to Abraham's mansion, with the intention of finding and killing Moloch. She fails in this mission and Moloch is freed. Abraham commences the binding ritual on her, but is stopped by Ichabod and Abbie before he can complete it. He is taken and chained in the underground prison chamber where he remains while Katrina, Frank Irving, Ichabod, Jenny and Abbie battle the demons released from Purgatory. After Frank is mortally wounded, Katrina attempts to heal him, but cannot due to her powers being weakened by Purgatory's portal being open and he dies. The rest of the group are captured by Jeremy, but are released when he betrays and kills Moloch. Afterwards, Katrina moves into Corbin's cabin with Ichabod and they attempt to repair their relationship.
Meanwhile, Katrina also starts practice magic again and is excited for when her powers will peak. Later, Solomon Kent starts to influence Katrina and lead her towards her "true" path. She eventually starts practicing blood magic and got congratulated by Jeremy Crane for discovering what she should have been doing.
Katrina is practicing dark magic to find Henry. He walks in and tells her it's their destiny to work together on the dark side and shows her the grimoire of the most evil ancient spells ever, and says he wants to bring back “our kind.” He explains the awakening ritual and thinks that Katrina could do the spell perfectly, and with the spell done correctly they could create a coven with a thousand witches and they would be their leaders. That night, they run into Ichabod and Abbie. Katrina explains that she trusts what she feels, and trusts Henry. She continues to say that Washington made a promise: If witches helped them win the war then they can openly rejoin society, and with this bell that promise can be kept. Katrina says she never thought she could truly be with a mortal human, and she traps Ichabod and Abbie in the tunnel they just broke into and seals it back up. In the town hall, Henry and Katrina manage to get the bell to ring as they work on their spell, but all the while Ichabod and Abbie get out of their bonds and use weapons hidden in Ichabod's coat to shoot Henry. Their plan succeeds and Abbie shoots Henry in the stomach, who lies dying on the floor, prompting Katrina to stop the spell. As he dies he requests they call him Jeremy, his original name, just before he disintegrates. Henry and Katrina manage to get the bell to ring as they work on their spell, but all the while Ichabod and Abbie get out of their bonds and use weapons hidden in Ichabod's coat to shoot Henry. Their plan succeeds and Abbie shoots Henry in the stomach, who lies dying on the floor, prompting Katrina to stop the spell. As he dies he requests they call him Jeremy, his original name, just before he disintegrates. After Henry is gone, Katrina is pissed. She forces Ichabod against a wall and tells him he's the source of her sorrow, and tells him she should never have saved him from the Horseman of War on those battle fields in the 1700s, she should have let him die instead of put him to sleep. She says this time she will and casts a spell/vortex that sucks her away, but then Abbie jumps into it before it disappears, leaving Ichabod alone. Katrina wakes up back in her old body where she was during those times: A nurse in the war.
In a battlefield medical tent, Katrina goes looking for Ichabod, but learns that he is with Abbie and not, as she expected, lying mortally wounded after being cut down by the Horseman. She soon finds the Horseman and allies with him. She then returns to her house. Ichabod goes home and finds Katrina preparing a concoction he knows is for pregnant women, but she says it's for the neighbor as she uses her magic to lift a knife behind his back. He tells her about a "madwoman" and Katrina asks where to find her. They're interrupted by soldiers summoning him directly to General Washington. Ichabod notices a spell book open on the table before he leaves. Later, after Death slays Benjamin Franklin, a doubtful Ichabod finds a video of him on Abbie's phone and believes her. When Colonel Sutton enters her cell and menaces her, Abbie is easily able to get him in a choke-hold and knock him out, noting the advances in close-quarter combat. Sutton goes to Katrina for medical help. She scrapes some blood from claw marks on Sutton's arm and is able to see Abbie and Crane are headed to Frederick's Manor. When Sutton asks how she knows, she announces she's a witch and kills him. Abbie and Ichabod arrive and talk to Grace Dixon, who quickly recognizes Abbie as one of the Witnesses. She knows the spell to use to reverse the traveler's spell and send Abbie back to the moment the spell was cast, but says it'll require the magic that normally shields the house. As Grace is working, Katrina and Death arrive. Ichabod goes outside to face them, noting that if Grace succeeds, it won't matter if he dies. Abbie wishes him luck and hugs him. Grace insists that Abbie stay nearby for the spell to work, then has her read the words to cast the spell. As Abbie recites, outside, Death swings his ax at Ichabod's unprotected neck. Time slows for everyone and before the blade hits Ichabod, Katrina realizes what's happening, but it's too late. The spell works and Abbie and Katrina are back in the old town hall. Katrina rages and turns her magic on Abbie, choking her and hoisting her into the air. The present Ichabod goes for a nearby knife, but Katrina yanks it away with magic. Ichabod goes after her, knocking the Grand Grimoire out of her hand. Abbie falls to the floor, alive, and Ichabod turns the knife on Katrina. He plunges it into her stomach and she collapses on the floor, seeing a vision of Henry. With a sad smile, Katrina dies in Ichabod's arms before her body turns to ashes and disintegrates.
Before she died, she created a spell that would relieve Abraham from his position as the Horseman of Death, as without Moloch, he started to question his relevance. However, the spell was never casted on Abraham as he disappeared to show up only after her death. In "Tomorrow" after Ichabod is turned into the Horseman of War, Lara and Diana Thomas are sent to Frank Irving's lake house to retrieve the spell Katrina created and used it to bring Ichabod back. Being fairly simple, the spell works and Ichabod is free of the mantle of War.
Katrina at first appeared to be a good and noble woman with a sense of justice and idealistic views of love, in all its forms. That impression however was quickly undermined by the secrets about her identity, her child, and her role in the war that she chose to keep from her husband. She spoke about love being a gift and having the power to overcome any obstacle. However, she also called love a weapon and she yielded it as such in her interactions with both Abraham and Ichabod. She seemed to care deeply for Ichabod but the extent of her love for him had it limits. She quickly betrayed him and the side of good in order to build a relationship with her son, Jeremy. She also showed compassion for Abraham Van Brunt and even an occasional attraction, perhaps as a response to his newly acquired immortality, a trait she herself possessed but her husband lacked.
She originally fought against the forces of darkness as the leader of the Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart in exchange for Washington's promise to halt the persecution of witches and reintegrate them back into society once they had won the war. It's a promise he did not keep and embittered, Katrina used his betrayal as an excuse to justify her own siding with Henry. Katrina, before her betrayal, was characterized by flightiness, moodiness and a tendency to let her emotions dictate her actions. She often made snap decisions without thinking of the consequences. She refused to disclose her husband's grave despite the objections from both her coven and the masons, knowing that protecting his life would preserve the Horseman of Death's as well. She gave up her son, Jeremy, to Grace and Joseph Dixon without thinking of the consequences of his dormant magical powers being unleashed and uncontrolled as he grew. She released Abraham from captivity when Orion came to kill him, despite knowing he was the Horseman of Death and having no idea what he would do once free. She also continued to insist that both Abraham and Jeremy could be redeemed and should be forgiven, in spite of all the evil acts both have committed and with complete disregard to their victims.
Katrina was also shown to be manipulative and deceitful when it suited her purposes. She withheld her status as a witch and spy from her husband, Ichabod, lied to him about Mary's death, and the fact that he had a son. She admitted to Abbie that she manipulated Abraham, used his love for her in order to gain his trust and obtain knowledge of Moloch's plans and rather than tell Ichabod of her plan to return to Abraham's mansion, she got Abbie to do it for her. She also used Ichabod's love for her to convince him to see things her way and go along with her plans, something both he and Abbie criticized her for. Her turn to the dark side not only revealed a lost, emotionally wounded woman who felt that she had lost everything that she had once held dear and was desperate to regain a portion of the life she had once knew, but also a woman with few convictions, a narrow mindset and a self serving knows best attitude. As such, she was easily swayed by the prospect of regaining a relationship with Jeremy. After Jeremy's death, she was completely free of his influence and yet she still used dark magic to open a portal into the past in an attempt to hunt down and murder Ichabod, had no qualms about murdering two innocent people while in the past, and almost murdered Abbie upon her return.
- Witchcraft: Katrina was an incredible powerful witch that derives her magic from nature, drawing her powers from the elements such as wind, water, and lightning. She was also capable of tapping into darker forces for stronger, corrupted magic. Once the leader of the Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart, Katrina was capable of great feats of magic vital to the fight against Moloch's forces.
- Channeling: The act of invoking extra forms of energy by focusing on external forces. Her time in Purgatory drained her power and it was most evident when she had experienced difficulty in casting a path-finder spell upon returning to the mortal plane. She draws power from nature and the strength of her magic is influenced by the perigean tide. However, she is also capable of using blood magic and ultimately succumbed to channeling dark forces to achieve her ends.
- Spell Casting: The act of changing and controlling events by magical influence. Prior to her imprisonment, she was responsible for safeguarding Ichabod's life should he die in battle by the hands of the Horseman of Death and was also responsible for burying him. She also weakened Serilda of Abaddon with the help of her coven to allow their allies to finally capture and execute her. Since her return, she compelled a crow to send a message for her, cast a warning hex on the Armory, bound the prison meant for Abraham from all evil forces, ensured that War no longer had an influence on Frank Irving, immolated the Incordata's heart, and took herself and others in and out of James Colby's painting. While she had the Grand Grimoire in her possession, she was able to go back to the past to kill Ichabod, locate Ichabod with little effort, and break through the wards that protected Fredricks Manor.
- Elemental Control: The act of controlling and manipulating the elements of air, earth, fire and water.
- Cryokinesis: She demonstrated this ability once by freezing a flower to the point where it shattered.
- Pyrokinesis: She has been shown shooting both blue and regular fire from her hands. She was able to destroy Abbie's car and kill a soldier with this power.
- Telekinesis: The act of controlling and manipulating the movements of objects and people. She grew to develop this power as the perigean tide approached, allowing her to levitate a rock and propel it with great force. When she succumbed to darkness, she was able to kill a man by making him bleed from the inside out. She was able to lift a knife and aim it at Ichabod while conversing with him. She then tried to kill Abbie by levitating her whilst depriving her of air and drawn a dagger to her person in a failed attempt to kill Ichabod.
- Necromancy: The act of controlling and manipulating of the dead.
- Telepathy: When she was in Purgatory, Katrina had the power to communicate with the two Witnesses, Ichabod and Abbie, telepathically.
- Photogenesis: Katrina has been seen unleashing light from her palms to defend herself from Abraham Van Brunt and followers of Moloch.
- Electrokinesis: Katrina once unleashed a small flurry of sparks to repel against Solomon Kent.
- Chlorokinesis: Katrina displayed the ability to change the color of the flower she was practicing her magics on. She also used her powers in a vision to keep Ichabod from being detected by Moloch, dragging him into an underground tunnel with roots.
- Potion Brewing: The act of brewing and concocting supernatural elixirs and potions that contain mystical properties. She brewed a poison from Devil's Breath that was meant to kill the infant Moloch before he grew to maturity.
Katrina met Ichabod when she was a Quaker, and a friend of Arthur Bernard. When Ichabod served in the British army, he was ordered to interrogate and kill Arthur. He attempted to be charming, finding her beautiful, but she was bitter and cold to him. She led him to his change of heart to becoming a Patriot under the command of General George Washington. Ichabod was sent with Katrina's friend into the woods to kill him, but set him free. Ichabod's commander revealed himself to be a demon and shot the man, then he wounded Ichabod. Ichabod showed up at Katrina's house, stumbling into her front porch. She helped him in and held his head in her lap as if they were already married. Katrina was betrothed to Abraham Van Brunt, but he gave her expensive jewelry and thought she desired money and riches. However, Katrina favored simplicity. Ichabod noticed this, for he knew her better than his best friend Abraham. Katrina confessed her love for him, and broke the engagement. Later, when Abraham told Ichabod she broke the engagement, Ichabod confessed it was out of love for him, asking that he and Katrina receive his blessing. Abraham was angered and demanded a duel, but was shot by the Hessians, and became the Horseman of Death. Ichabod and Katrina were soon married. Through the years they were married, Ichabod had no idea Katrina was a witch. She didn't tell him this to protect him from chances of being burnt at the stake with her if she was discovered. Ichabod did not know this, but Katrina had been pregnant. After Ichabod died, she fled from her coven to Frederick's Manor to deliver her baby because the house was under a protective hex, which was broken when the baby was born. She had to leave with the child to protect him from harm. It has not been revealed what happened to the baby, but Katrina never told Ichabod. He only found out when Abbie Mills told him when she saw the birth in a vision.
Katrina cast a spell on a dying Ichabod when the Horseman slashed open his chest, after he cut off the Horseman's head. Because their bloodlines merged, she was able to cast a spell so when the Horseman of Death awoke, so would Ichabod. She buried Ichabod's body in a cave and sunk the Horseman's body in a tomb at the bottom of a river, and he awoke with the Horseman in the 21st century. She appears to Ichabod many times throughout the series, most of the time to give him hints or warn him of upcoming events. Katrina gave him the information that the Horseman would be looking for his skull, and he could wake the three other Horsemen with it. She also revealed to him that the Horseman couldn't be around sunlight. As of "Paradise Lost", Katrina and Ichabod are estranged, due to the broken trust between them because of Katrina keeping secrets from her husband. These issues fester and grow until in "Awakening" Katrina abandons Ichabod and company to aid her son Jeremy in reawakening the magic potential of those with witch blood in Sleepy Hollow, going so far as to attack Ichabod when he interferes and proclaim that she could never be happy with a mortal man and that she feels relieved she is finally able to say this. After Jeremy's death, her love for Ichabod decays to such a point that she attempts to go backwards in time to kill him as she believes he is the source of all her pain, almost doing so herself and expressing extreme rage when Abraham is unable to deliver the final blow. In a final act of estrangement, as Katrina attempts to kill Abigail, Ichabod attacks Katrina in Abbie's defense, stabbing and killing his own wife, who, even in her final moments, expresses no regret for her actions or affection to Ichabod in favor of staring at the shade of her son. This may be indicating a possible true lack of genuine feelings in her marriage with Ichabod, much to his heartbreak.
Katrina had an arranged marriage with Abraham, but because he did not understand her desire for simplicity and because she was in love with Ichabod Crane, she broke the engagement. She and Ichabod required Abraham's blessing, but he was enraged and dueled Ichabod. Abraham was killed by the Hessians and made the Horseman of Death. His agreement with Moloch was that if he succeeded, Katrina would be his. When she was burnt for witchcraft, she was stuck in the world between worlds, waiting for Abraham to succeed for her to be freed. Katrina said that she never loved him and she never would, and that her heart belonged to Ichabod alone. After Moloch's defeat Katrina begins researching a method to separate Abraham from Death; having seen his humanity starting resurface. She also admitted she felt somewhat guilty about his predicament; her actions in the past playing a part in his choice to serve Moloch. In the season two finale, she was shown willing to aid him in getting revenge against Ichabod after traveling to the past to undo her previous actions.
Katrina was the mother of Jeremy, the only child between her and her husband Ichabod Crane. Jeremy resents his mother and father for abandoning him. Katrina loves Jeremy dearly and refuses to give up hope that he could be redeemed. Katrina's love for her son and her desire to have a relationship with him eventually consumes her entire being and eclipses any love she had for Ichabod or anyone else. She is willing to turn her back on everything she fought for all so that she can be reunited with Jeremy. This choice eventually proves to be her undoing when she lashes out in anger at Abbie Mills, attempting to kill her to take revenge for her son's death.
- The name "Katrina" is a variant of Catrinona. It is also a German, Swedish and Dutch contracted form of Katherine.
- According to Ichabod in Dead Men Tell No Tales, he was married to Katrina for six years.
- Jeremy used the Jincan to poison Katrina and use her as a vessel for Moloch.
|"Pilot"||"Blood Moon"||"For the Triumph of Evil..."||"The Lesser Key of Solomon"||"John Doe"|
|"The Sin Eater"||"The Midnight Ride"||"Necromancer"||"Sanctuary"||"The Golem"|
|"The Vessel"||"The Indispensable Man"||"Bad Blood"|
|"This Is War"||"The Kindred"||"Root of All Evil"||"Go Where I Send Thee..."||"The Weeping Lady"|
|"And the Abyss Gazes Back"||"Deliverance"||"Heartless"||"Mama"||"Magnum Opus"|
|"The Akeda"||"Paradise Lost"||"Pittura Infamante"||"Kali Yuga"||"Spellcaster"|
|"What Lies Beneath"||"Awakening"||"Tempus Fugit"|
|"I, Witness*"||"Whispers in the Dark"||"Blood and Fear"||"The Sisters Mills"||"Dead Men Tell No Tales"|
|"This Red Lady from Caribee"||"The Art of War"||"Novus Ordo Seclorum"||"One Life"||"Incident At Stone Manor"|
|"Kindred Spirits"||"Sins of the Father"||"Dark Mirror"||"Into the Wild"||"Incommunicado"|
|"Dawn's Early Light"||"Delaware"||"Ragnarok"|