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A Bali Holiday Gone Terribly Wrong

Police Holiding American Teen and Boyfriend in Killing of 62-Year-Old Chicago Socialite in South Bali Hotel


(8/17/2014)

Bali Police have arrested two young Americans at a Kuta area hotel on the suspicion of killing the young woman’s mother and stuffing her body in a suitcase.

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In police custody are Heather Lois Mack (19) and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer (21) who police believe killed Sheila Von Wiese Mack (62) on Tuesday, August 12, 2014,  in a room at a luxury hotel in South Bali.
The young Americans, believed to be a couple, are refusing the speak to speak to police without their lawyer present.

Police theorize that Von Wiese Mack was killed on Monday night or early on Tuesday morning following an altercation with her daughter and her boyfriend. Some reports indicate the daughter argued with her mother wwho refused to pay the accommodation costs of the boyfriend.

The murder came to the attention of the police when Schaefer and the younger Mack brought a number of suitcases, one containing the body of Mrs. Von Wiese Mack, through the lobby of the hotel and placed them in a waiting taxi. The couple reportedly refused offers of assistance with the luggage form the Hotel's staff.

The couple ostensibly returned to their room in the hotel,  leaving the taxi and luggage waiting for more than two hours. When the taxi driver eventually complained, hotel security alerted police who discovered the grisly contents of the largest suitcase..

A review of CCTV footage showed the couple leaving the property via the beach after leaving the luggage with the unsuspecting taxi driver. Other footage shows an eatlier argument between the couple and the murdered woman in the lobby area on the Monday evening.

Meanwhile, hotel staff reported a loud argument coming from one of the two rooms rented by the three Americans. The two women, sharing a single room at the hotel, had checked into the resort on Saturday. Schaefer checked in the following Monday.

Preliminary forensic examination of the woman’s body showed evidence of blunt force trauma and a struggle, suggesting resistance to an attack that led to her death.

Police traced the couple to a Kuta area hotel and arrested them on the morning after the day the woman's bodyt was discovered.

The Chicago Tribune identify the deceased woman was the wife of the late James L. Mack, a well-known conductor, composed and music producer, who died in 2006 while on a holiday in Greece.

Thee young couple told police of being taken captive at the Resort by an armed gang that they claimed killed the elder Mack. This story, however, does not gel with reports from hotel staff, CCTV evidence, the couple’s role in concealing and moving the woman’s corpse to a waiting taxi, and their moving to another hotel in Bali.

Bali police have ordered drug and psychiatric review of the two young Americans, while the daughter has engaged a U.S. Lawyer to help counsel he in the case.

The Chicago Tribune said the woman lived in a luxury Chicago Lake Shore Drive Apartment and had once worked for the late Senator Ted Kennedy, as an editor for Studs Terkel and studied with author Saul Bellow.


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