A Chicago woman was beaten to death while on an exotic vacation in Indonesia; her body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside an upscale hotel in Bali and police are questioning her teenage daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend.
Shiela von Wiese-Mack, 62 and her 19 year-old daughter Heather Mack flew to Bali together to stay at the St. Regis Bali resort for effect was supposed to be a fun, relaxing vacation.
Authorities in Indonesia said the trip ended with Von Wiese-Mack being beaten to death and her body being stuffed into a suitcase. An autopsy speed she fired of blunt force trauma to the head. Von Weise-Mack & her daughter had been staying at the St. Regis resort for a few days when Mack’s boyfriend,21 year-old Tommy Schaefer, showed up on Monday and checked into a separate room.
Police said what happened when Mack & Schaefer checked out triggered a full-blown investigation. The couple hailed a taxi Tuesday afternoon, loaded the trunk with their suitcases and then told the driver theft were going to check out. After two hours, when they had not returned, hotel security guard noticed blood stains on the suitcase and told the driver to take his cab to the police station. That’s where police discovered von Wiese-Mack’s body inside the suitcase, wrapped in a bedsheet stained with blood.
Hotel security video showed the couple fled the hotel through a back door after leaving the suitcases in the trunk of the taxi. Pilice said hotel secuity cameras recorded Schaefer arguing with Von Wiese-Mack the night before, but the motive for the murder is unclear.
There have been multiple run-ins with police when Von Wiese-Mack was living in Oak Park. Between January 2004 and June 2013, Oak Park police were called to the home 86 times, mostly for domestic incidents although police also reported two calls of theft & a missing persons call.
After she moved to Chicago, there were more visits from police for domestic incidents. Schaefer was arrested & Mack was detained last month at the Conrad Hotel on Rush street for disorderly conduct and breach of peace. Mack was released without charges.
Written by: Brittney Haywood