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My father was a pedophile cult leader with nine wives and 64 children

A TV star revealed her father was a pedophile cult leader with nine wives and 64 children – and she didn’t know who her mother was until she was five.

Keira Maguire, 35, who starred in Australian TV show The Bachelor, was born into a polyamorous cult with her father Alistah Laishkochav at its helm.

Alistah Laishkochav founded the sect in the 1970s

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Alistah Laishkochav founded the sect in the 1970s
The pedophile cult leader had 64 children

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The pedophile cult leader had 64 children
Laishkochav founded the bizarre cult known as The Seaside Sect

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Laishkochav founded the bizarre cult known as The Seaside Sect
Keira Maguire, 35, starred on Australian TV show The Bachelor.

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Keira Maguire, 35, starred on Australian TV show The Bachelor.Photo credit: Instagram

Keira distanced himself from the convicted pedophile and former police officer who founded the bizarre cult known as The Seaside Sect in the 1970s.

He founded the cult in Byron Bay, Australia and settled with nine wives, all reportedly sleeping in one large bedroom, and 64 children.

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, the dastardly Laishkochav changed his name from Ian Lowe when he moved to Australia in 1969.

He reportedly boasted in a 1992 interview, “King Solomon had so many wives.

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“I’m certainly not that greedy. He had 70 wives and 500 concubines. When it comes to women. I am egoistic.

“I don’t think I’m any more special than any other man, and I believe any man can do what I do and please four to five women a night.”

When asked if he’d take more, he said, “You never know.”

Footage from 1992 showed Laishkochav, who is said to have believed he was Jesus Christ, singing and playing guitar surrounded by his wives.

One of his former wives reportedly said the “one unbreakable rule in the household is loyalty to Alistah.”

And one of Laishkochav’s wives was Keira’s mother, Michelle.

Footage from 1992 showed Michelle defending her decision to live as part of the oddball cult – but ended up leaving Keira when she was five.

Keira told Daily Mail Australia: “Alistah Laishkochav is not relevant to me, nor does he define me.”

She also praised her mother and grandma for raising her in “a loving, caring and compassionate household” in Brisbane.

Keira said: “I had a wonderful childhood and I am very grateful to my mother and grandmother for the upbringing they gave me and my siblings.

“Although I have since met and reunited with my family, I never had a relationship with Alistah Laishkochav.”

Laishkochav married his first wife in a Mormon church when he was 25, where he was introduced to the concept of polygamy.

He was reportedly described as “the controller” by his harem of wives.

Keira opened up about her experience with the cult while appearing in the 2017 Australian version of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.

‘NOT NORMAL’

She told her roommate Lisa Curry: “I don’t know if you know my story but my mother was in a cult.

“My father was the leader. There were about 63 children… You must remember that there were nine wives.

“I didn’t know who my real mother was until I was about six. I didn’t even know what a mother was.

“I just knew I wasn’t normal and I really didn’t like that.”

Laishkochav was jailed in 2000 at the age of 71 after being found guilty of 20 counts of child sex offenses and one charge of negligent assault.

It was reported that his four victims were aged between seven and eleven at the time of the crime.

During the trial, one of the young victims reportedly told the court that Laishkochav molested her “every other day”.

The cult disbanded in 1993 after the horrific crimes came to light and he was charged.

Laishkochav died in prison in April 2012.

In an interview with The Project in 2016, Keira said she feared being judged if she told anyone about her family history.

She said: “Even in relationships with men, I’ve never spoken out about it because I didn’t want them to judge me for not being normal.

“I didn’t know who my mother was until I was five. It sounds strange, but that’s just the way it is.

“I didn’t even have birthdays. I think I had my first birthday when I was seven.

“It might be really sad for other people. But it’s not because it’s my story.”

Alistah Laishkochav was sentenced to seven years and six months

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Alistah Laishkochav was sentenced to seven years and six months
The cult leader was described by his

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The cult leader was described by his “wives” as “the controller”.
Laishkochav had nine

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Laishkochav had nine “wives”

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