SHE WAS, AS HER GENERATION WOULD PUT IT, IN SEARCH MODE, SO MUCH
so that when Kathy Andrade, a spirited 24-year-old brought up
in a close Seventh-Day Adventist family from Argentina, began
investigating religious options, she even interviewed a local
As it turned out, she found her faith-and her fate-much closer.
At a Bible-study class she met a man named Paul Fatta. He was
somewhat controversial; he claimed that the Adventists got some
of the Bible wrong. But, says Kathy's mother Isabel, who is in
her 40s, "Paul was a nice guy, very caring, and seemed to
be smart. I met his mama. "Husband Guillermo looks at his
hands. "This Paul Fatta is alive," he says. "The
FBI is looking for him."
The two sit in their comfortable home in Martinez, near San Francisco.
The proudly show off paintings by Kathy. Isabel points to a
Disneyland cup bearing the name of her younger sister Jennifer,
21. And finally a gray stuffed rabbit, intended for a little
girl named Channel.
"She asked me," says Isabel of Kathy. "She said,
'Mother, do you think I should go to Texas?'" Fatta had
introduced Kathy to David Koresh, and Koresh had invited her to
Waco for Davidian Passover in 1991. I said, "No, you don't
know what you're getting into, and it's another state.' "Kathy
went anyway. Isabel actually manages a smile: "She was
stubborn." She and Fatta talked about marriage, but then
broke up; Koresh had prohibited relationships.
"I was not aware of what was going on," Guillermo muses.
He still seems to be piecing it together.
Shortly after meeting Fatta, Kathy stopped wearing jewelry. Now,
back from Waco, she said she had learned about the seven seals.
She made plans to go again, saying she would stay only five weeks.
But once, there she talked more and more of Koresh. And she
After a while, her younger sister moved to be with her. Isabel
didn't understand why. Only later did she hear that Kathy had
been pregnant-by Koresh. "That was the worst thing that
ever happened in our lives," says Guillermo. Isabel glares
at him. "Well, at the time," he adds emptily. "Now
Isabel visited the sisters in Waco in 1991. Now she knew more
about cults and was trying to get them out. They did not mention
the child Channel, and she didn't either. Her daughters looked
thin but healthy. Not brainwashed, despite Koresh's endless preaching.
A cult expert told her to keep going down, keep gaining trust.
That was last January. Things had changed. "Kathy was
deteriorating," says Isabel. Koresh still preached, but
now the sermons Isabel audited contained profanities. She returned
again in February. Kathy stared straight ahead and recited Koreshian
dogma for 15 minutes running. Isabel talked with a friend about
kidnapping the girls but decided against it. Instead she began
calling every week, every week, trying to lure them from Koresh's
And then one week there was no more time. The siege happened.
And then the fire. One of the men who escaped says the last
time he saw Jennifer, she was wearing a gas mask.
Guillermo look up. "How could they disappear"-he snaps
his fingers-"just like that?"
And Isabel Andrade says, I'm glad I never met the baby. It would
have been too much."