THE SUIT­CASE KILLER

New Idea - - Official Magazine -

The bat­tered body of mur­dered Chicago aca­demic Sheila von Wiese-mack was found stuffed inside a bloody suit­case at a lux­ury five-star Bali re­sort in Au­gust 2014. The last time the 62-year-old mil­lion­aire heiress was seen alive, she was ar­gu­ing with 19-year-old daugh­ter Heather Mack in the ho­tel foyer. Sheila had flown preg­nant Heather to the is­land par­adise in a bid to heal their tem­pes­tu­ous re­la­tion­ship. But when Heather’s boyfriend Tommy Schae­fer, 21, turned up un­ex­pect­edly – and Sheila dis­cov­ered her credit card had been used to pay for his $12,000 flight – she was fu­ri­ous.

Mack and Schae­fer ini­tially claimed Sheila was killed by robbers. Then they tried to ar­gue it was self-de­fence.

But their lies quickly un­rav­elled when text mes­sages re­vealed the pair had dis­cussed the best way of killing Sheila – who was of­ten vi­o­lently as­saulted by Mack at their US home, with po­lice hav­ing been called a stag­ger­ing 86 times.

Mack’s daugh­ter Stella is now be­ing cared for by an Aus­tralian woman in Bali, as her mother serves 10 years in Ker­obokan Prison and her fa­ther, now Mack’s ex-part­ner, com­pletes his 18-year sen­tence.

WITH THEIR WHOLE LIVES AHEAD OF THEM, IT’S HARD TO IMAG­INE HOW THESE KIDS BE­CAME MON­STERS

Heather Mack (pic­tured, hold­ing her baby) and Tommy Schae­fer (above) dur­ing his 2015 trial.

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