Tourists ride along Bali's Nusa Dua Beach. Photo Getty
The body of an American tourist from Chicago has been
found stuffed into a suitcase in Indonesia's resort island of
Bali and the victim's daughter and her boyfriend have been
arrested for what police suspect was a gruesome murder.
"There has been no confession yet but the couple are now
being detained and interrogated," Hery Wiyanto, Bali police
spokesman, told Reuters by phone, adding the killing took
place on Tuesday.
Heather Louise Mack, 19, and Tommy Schaefer, 21, were
arrested on Wednesday after a day-long chase.
Ida Bagus Putu Alit, a forensic expert at the hospital that
conducted an autopsy, said Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, had
been "hit by a blunt object and the blows were concentrated
on the face and head."
"There were signs of a struggle by the victim as there were
bruises on her arms and some fingers were broken," Alit
The Mack family lived for a number of years in the Chicago
suburb of Oak Park, Illinois.
Oak Park spokesman David Powers said on Wednesday police
responded to 86 calls from the Mack home due to incidents
between mother and daughter from 2004 through June 2013.
No arrests were ever made from the calls, which were a
combination of reports of domestic violence, theft, missing
person and 911 hang-ups, Powers said.
Von Wiese-Mack more recently had moved to a condominium in
Chicago. Her husband and the father of Heather Louise Mack,
classical music composer James Mack, died in 2006.
Laura Voigt, a pianist in Oak Park and friend to James Mack,
said she remembered seeing mother and daughter fight outside
the local high school one morning.
"I was worried about Sheila," Voigt said.
Von Wiese-Mack had worked as an editor for famed oral
historian Studs Terkel and later studied with writer Saul
Bellow at the University of Chicago.
Georgia Parchem, a neighbour and friend in Oak Park, said von
Wiese-Mack was a "lovely, charming woman" and the Macks often
held parties involving "artists and friends from all over the
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the
department is aware of the reports of a U.S. citizen's death
in Bali and the arrests of two people in connection with the
case. She declined to give details due to privacy
"Obviously we are monitoring it and will provide any consular
access as appropriate," Harf said.