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New twist in Bali tourist corpse-in-suitcase murder

February 10, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A dramatic and peculiar new development has occurred in one of Bali’s weirdest tourist-related murders – a case involving an 18-year-old American woman tourist, her boyfriend, her mother and a grim discovery in a suitcase found in the boot of a taxi.

The corpse in the suitcase was that of the tourist’s mother, Sheila von Weise Mack, 62. Police said she was bashed to death and stuffed into a suitcase at Starwood’s prestigious St Regis Bali Resort, a short drive from Ubud Art Village.

The daughter of the deceased, Heather Mack, and her 21-year-old boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, were later found by police sleeping in a hotel room in Kuta. The couple initially claimed they had been abducted by a gang of armed desperadoes who then killed Mack’s mother. They said they had later managed to escape.

Heather Mack

Police disbelieved them. So did the court. At the trial in 2014, Schaefer was found guilty of murdering Mack’s mother and stuffing her body into the suitcase. He was sentenced to 18 years. Mack is serving 10 years as an accessory.

Mack, now 21, has now issued a dramatic new statement in the form of a three-part series of YouTube videos, saying she alone was responsible for the murder.

Mack exonerates her boyfriend Schaefer (now 23). The two have a daughter together, named Stella, who Mack is raising in Bali’s notorious Kerobokan prison. Mack was pregnant at the time of the murder (August 2014).

The case has generated massive publicity in Chicago, where the couple are from, and much interest in Bali. The victim, Mack’s mother, was wealthy and money is a possible motive.

The case in question – the suitcase in Bali police station courtyard

Mack’s lawyer has told Reuters he suspects Schaefer somehow pressured Mack into making the new video.

Mack’s “admission” could add extra time to her sentence. Alternatively, Mack’s videos could be part of a defence strategy to help establish an emotional distress or insanity appeal, the Huffington Post speculates.

“I don’t regret killing my mother. And as evil as that may sound, that’s my reality.” Mack says on the tapes. She claims her boyfriend is innocent.

Anyone wishing to view the strange videos and draw their own conclusions can do so below:

Written by Peter Needham

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