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Tabitha Porter is an older woman who lives next door to the Brewer/Thomas Family on McLelland Road. Karen was convinced by some older neighborhood children that she really is a witch named Morbidda Destiny.

Physical Appearance[]

In Kristy's Great Idea, Mary Anne notes that Mrs. Porter is wearing a black dress. She has gray and frazzled hair, a wart on the end of her nose, smells funny according to Karen, and often wears shawls.


In Kristy and the Dirty Diapers her granddaughter, Druscilla Porter, mentions that she used to live in Brooklyn, New York City. She raised her daughter there since she was born. It is unknown what happened to her husband. In Karen's Magician Tabitha tells Karen that her brother is a traveling "magician" that goes by Mr. Wizard.

Mrs. Porter lives alone in an old run down Victorian house that Kristy notes is musty, dark, and dreary in Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye. She is said to be very lonely. She does own a black cat named Midnight.

Tabitha has a daughter that used to live in Stoneybrook with her until their divorce. She has a granddaughter through her, Druscilla. Druscilla stays with her in Karen's Little Witch and again when her daughter divorces in Kristy and the Dirty Diapers.

In Karen's Haunted House she starts a 'Save the Bats' campaign when the old Powell house was decorated to be a haunted house.

She is a member of the Stoneybrook Gardeners Club in Karen's Witch, she hosts a meeting of the Gardeners club. Karen's Grandma Packett (her mother's mother) is there. Both Hannie Papadakis and Karen Brewer disrupt their meeting calling all of them witches. They get in trouble and Tabitha receives a note from them apologizing.

In Karen's Cartwheel, Mrs. Porter comforts Karen after seeing leave Hannie's house upset. Mrs. Porter tells Karen that she used to be a great ice skater and won lots of medals and shows her pictures. However, she wanted to be an actress even though she wasn't any good. She accepted that she wasn't good but theater was still fun for her.

In the Graphic Novels[]

Mrs. Porter's first physical appearance was in Kristy's Great Idea where she put a "spell" on Boo-Boo. She also appeared in Kristy's Big Day, when she came to give a gift to the bride and groom. Also, the only story that Karen makes about her was in Claudia and Mean Janine, where Karen told kids at the playgroup, including Jenny, that Andrew was going to turn into a monster at 10:00 AM.


Media Portrayals[]

The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix series)[]

She is played by actress Karin Konoval. In Season 1, she is in three of the ten episodes. In The Baby-Sitters Club (web series) she is renamed Esme for the TV series over Tabitha, and is Latina. In this version, she is Dawn Schafer's maternal aunt. In the web series, Mrs. Porter has similar dimples and outfits, but her hair is purple, not blonde, and is now curly.