The infamous “suitcase killer” Heather Mack has revealed that she is “afraid” of returning to the United States with her daughter who was born in prison after being jailed in Bali for her role in the murder of her own mother.
Mack, who was only 18 and pregnant at the time, helped then-lover Tommy Schaefer kill millionaire Sheila von Wiese-Mack in 2014 before stuffing her corpse into a suitcase – which they then hid in the back of a taxi while on vacation in Bali.
Schaefer was sentenced to 18 years in prison for premeditated murder after he told court he killed 62-year-old von Wiese-Mack with the metal handle of a fruit bowl.
Mack was sentenced to 10 years in prison for helping plan her mother’s murder and during their sensational trial in 2015, she gave birth to her daughter Stella in prison.
But last week Indonesian President Joko Widodo ruled that Mack, now 25, could be released in October – almost three years earlier – for good behavior.
She will be immediately deported to the United States, where she grew up in a $ 1.5 million Italian Renaissance-style house in Chicago – but is unsure where she will take Stella back with her.
“I’m scared and nervous to go back to Chicago,” Mack told the New York Post.
âI am not worried that people cannot understand the tragedy for me.
“But I’m nervous for (my daughter) Stella. I’m afraid if she comes back to the States with me, she will be exposed to what happened.”
Mack plans to leave Stella, now six, temporarily with the Bali foster family who raised her since she was just two, especially as the youngster doesn’t know why her parents are in prison.
“I don’t want someone pointing a camera in Stella’s face. I know this will happen to me, but I’ll do my best to protect Stella from this trauma,” Mack told the outlet.
âI absolutely regret what happened. I loved my mother – I still love her.
“She wasn’t mean and she didn’t deserve to die like she did. I didn’t kill her for money. It was for my freedom and Stella’s, at least I thought so. back then. I think about her a thousand times a day. “
Mack and Schaefer were both convicted of first degree murder in 2015 and were locked in Kerobokan prison in Bali.
Their trial learned the murder was carried out in the luxury of a room at Bali’s five-star St. Regis resort, before the couple stuffed the body into a suitcase they loaded into a taxi before heading off. escape.
I’m nervous for (my daughter) Stella. I’m afraid if she comes back to the States with me, she will be exposed to what happened.
After the driver alerted the police, they were arrested at a budget hotel a few miles away.
The only child of a wealthy family, Mack says her childhood was perfect until her father, famous jazz composer James L Mack, died when she was 10 and left alone with her mother Sheila. von Wiese-Mack.
In a face-to-face interview extended in 2019, said Mack: “My mother was super violent because she was an alcoholic and a drug addict. I still have them.
“This is when she stabbed me with her fingernails, it was a cigarette burn.”
âOnce she even set my hair on fire. Maybe I felt like I rebelled when I was a teenager because I was hanging out with gang members and missing school. But it wasn’t like that.
âMy mother drank a lot at night and once drunk she would start fighting with me because I would hide her car keys to prevent her from going to the store to buy more alcohol.
âIf I fell asleep early, she would fall down the stairs, so I rarely went to bed before five or six in the morning, and I would wake up when she woke up around one.
“At school, they thought I was a spoiled rich kid who partied until dawn, but they didn’t know my mom was chasing me all night long with a kitchen knife.”
Although the murder took place in Bali, Mack revealed that she planned it at her home in Chicago – although the murder didn’t quite go as planned.
“DIDN’T DESERVE TO DIE”
âI said it first. I planned everything in Chicago, “she said when interviewed with news.com.au.
âBut when it happened at the hotel, it wasn’t like that. There were huge knives in the kitchen for cutting pineapples. If we had planned to kill her then, we would have gone to get the knives.
âIt just happened in the heat of the moment. He beat her to death with a bowl of fruit in his hand.
She said putting her corpse in a suitcase was her idea.
âTommy said we should just leave her there and run but I was like no, I just didn’t want to leave her there,â Mack added.
âSo we wrapped her in duct tape, put her in a suitcase and took her outside to a taxi.
âBut when we refused to let the taxi driver help us put the suitcase in the back of his car, he became suspicious. He thought it was drugs, he wanted to open it, so we left him and ran away.
âYes, I have remorse. She didn’t deserve to die.