American Jailed for ‘Suitcase Murder’ in Bali Released Earlier than Scheduled | News | DW


A 26-year-old US national convicted of helping kill her mother was released from jail on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Friday.

Heather Mack was released seven years after a 10-year sentence for good behavior.

She and her daughter, born while Mack was in prison, will be deported to the United States as soon as transport can be arranged.

What is the “Bali Suitcase Murder”?

Healther Mack rose to fame in what the media dubbed the ‘Bali Suitcase Murder’ in 2014.

Mack, her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, and her wealthy socialite mother Sheila von Wiese-Mack, were staying at the glitzy resort of St. Regis on the island.

Mother and daughter were known to have a tumultuous relationship. Police in Chicago’s suburb Oak Park later said they had been called home dozens of times.

The three men were last seen at odds in the hotel lobby shortly before the murder.

The body of the 62-year-old socialite was discovered inside a suitcase in the trunk of a taxi parked outside the hotel. Days later Schaefer, 21, and Mack, 19 and several weeks pregnant, were found at another hotel 10 kilometers (6 miles) away.

Schaefer was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the murder and Mack to 10 years for helping dispose of the body.

Her daughter was born in prison and under Indonesian law she was allowed to stay with her until the age of 2. Since then, she has been taken care of by a host family. Until the start of the pandemic, Mack was allowed to visit his daughter regularly, but now they haven’t seen each other for 20 months.

Friends, including his daughter’s adoptive mother, greeted Mack upon his release.

Mack was afraid to leave, said prison guard Lili, who, like many Indonesians, has only one name. “But we all encouraged her and reassured her that everything would be fine,” Lili told reporters.

“Heather used to say that prison has changed her life a lot, she loves Indonesia and the people who have surrounded her for all these years,” said Lili. “He will miss us so much and so will we here.”

es / rt (AP, AFP)

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