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Could Daughter Accused of Stuffing Her Mom in Suitcase Face a Firing Squad?

Could Daughter Accused of Stuffing Her Mom in Suitcase Face a Firing Squad?


Airdate: 08/15/2014

The American heiress accused of murdering her mother and stuffing her body inside a suitcase claims she's pregnant.

Nineteen-year-old Heather Mack of Chicago was hustled through a crowd of photographers on the exotic island of Bali. She says she wants to return to the U.S. to deal with her pregnancy. She covered her face with a red file folder as she was taken to a hospital on the island to confirm that she is expecting a baby.

She and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Tommy Schaeffer, could face death by firing squad if they are found guilty of premeditated murder.

Authorities say Heather's 62-year-old mom, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, was battered to death in her suite at a luxury resort as she vacationed in paradise with her daughter. Her body was found stuffed in a metal suitcase.  

HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell told INSIDE EDITION, “There are signs of defensive wounds on this poor woman's body, like she was fighting off an attacker or attackers. This was clearly a violent struggle.”

Heather and her boyfriend have been in trouble before, but nothing as serious as this.

Schaeffer actually shot a video of himself being arrested just last month in Chicago after Sheila Mack called the cops on him. Police say Schaeffer and Heather used her mother’s stolen credit card to throw a party at the Conrad Chicago Hotel. Schaeffer videotaped himself strolling through the lobby and ordering drinks at the hotel bar.  

Despite the credit card incident, Sheila Mack took Heather on a dream vacation to Bali- one of the most breathtaking spots on the planet.

Jane Velez-Mitchell said, "Friends of the woman were begging her not to go on vacation with her daughter. They were warning her! 'Don't do it! Don't go off with your daughter and her boyfriend.' Please!"

But Heather's U.S. lawyer, Michael Elkin, told the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper: "My client was portrayed as a psycho or some crazy cold-blooded killer. She claims to be innocent and I have some corroborating evidence."


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