Woman Deported to US Years After Role in Murder

Woman Deported to US Years After Committing Murder

(TargetLiberty.org) – Indonesia deported an American woman after she spent years in jail for murdering her mother. The woman and her six-year-old daughter are now back in the US.

In August 2014, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, a wealthy Chicago socialite, flew to the Indonesian resort island of Bali with her 18-year-old daughter, Heather Mack. It seems Mack had hated her mother for years. Between 2004 and 2013, Chicago police visited their home 86 times on theft and domestic violence callouts, including one incident where Mack broke her mother’s arm, then refused to let her call 911. Shortly after arriving in Bali, Mack stole her mother’s credit card, used it to book a flight to Bali for her boyfriend, unemployed rapper Tommy Schaefer, and offered him about $50,000 if he killed her mother.

Days later, Schaefer beat von Wiese-Mack to death in her hotel room. Then, he and Mack stuffed her body in a suitcase, called a cab and put the suitcase in the trunk. When police found the body, they claimed robbers had killed von Wiese-Mack, but they’d managed to escape. Cops weren’t convinced and subsequently arrested, charged and convicted them.

Released But Not Free

Schaefer became a born-again Christian in jail and said he doesn’t deserve any reduction in his 18-year sentence. On the other hand, Mack was granted early release in August, 7 years into a 10-year sentence. Indonesian authorities released her on October 29.

She asked Indonesian authorities for permission for her and her daughter to stay in Indonesia, claiming it’s safer than Chicago. Mack’s daughter, Stella, was born after Mack was jailed and cared for by an Australian foster mother for four years. Indonesia had different plans. The country was understandably reluctant to play host to a foreign killer, and they deported Mack and her daughter on Tuesday, November 2.

The FBI took Mack arrested at O’Hare airport Wednesday morning on federal murder and obstruction of justice charges. It’s unclear who’s caring for her daughter at this time, but Schaefer’s mother, the child’s paternal grandmother, previously petitioned for custody in case of Mack’s arrest. She pleaded not guilty during a preliminary hearing held in Chicago Wednesday afternoon. US marshals are holding her in custody, and the court has not set bail or a trial date yet.

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