American woman convicted of baggage murder in Bali will be deported



American Heather Mack, sentenced as a pregnant teenager for helping kill her mother in an Indonesian luxury hotel, was to be deported today along with her six-year-old daughter, immigration officials said.

Mack, 25, was released from a Bali prison last week, almost three years earlier on charges of good behavior, and was due to be flown to the United States.

“Yes, that’s right. (She) has already received the ticket,” Bali Justice Ministry spokesman I Putu Surya Dharma told reporters when asked about Mack’s impending deportation.

In a case dubbed the “suitcase murder”, Mack was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2015 while her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer was sentenced to 18 years for the murder of Chicago socialite Sheila von Wiese Mack on the Bali vacation island.

Schaefer, the father of Mack’s child, beat the 62-year-old victim to death with a bowl of fruit during an argument at the five-star St. Regis resort.

The couple then stuffed the woman’s body into a suitcase and attempted to escape with it in a taxi, but quickly abandoned the bloody luggage.

The 2014 murder rocked the usually calm holiday island, with details of the grisly murder emerging as the trial followed closely

Mack, who was pregnant at the time of the crime, was convicted of a lesser charge of assisting murder.

Earlier, Mack’s lawyer had told AFP that she did not want her daughter to be deported and “harassed by the (American) media”.

Since the start of the pandemic, Mack – who is now fluent in Indonesian and Balinese – has had only video contact with his daughter, a prison official said earlier.

The 2014 murder rocked the usually calm holiday island, with details of the grisly murder emerging during the closely watched trial.

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The court heard how the badly beaten body of von Wiese Mack was discovered in the taxi outside the luxurious hotel where she was staying with her daughter and Schaefer.

The couple had fled to another part of Bali, where police arrested them.

Schaefer, who remains in prison, confessed to the murder during his trial but claimed he was defending himself in an argument with von Wiese Mack, who was unhappy his daughter was pregnant.

Prosecutors alleged that Schaefer “blindly hit” von Wiese Mack with the fruit bowl in a fit of rage after hurling a racial insult at Schaefer, who is black.

During the attack, Mack hid in a bathroom, but then helped Schaefer stuff the body into a suitcase, the lawsuit has learned.

The sentencing judge called the murder “sadistic”.

Locals and foreigners alike were horrified by the rare murder in Bali, a pocket of Hinduism in predominantly Muslim Indonesia famous for its palm-fringed beaches.

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