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    Bali - Sheila von Wiese Mack, 62, found dead in suitcase, 12 Aug 2014 #1

    'An American tourist's battered body has been found in a suitcase at an exclusive hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and her daughter and daughter's boyfriend have been arrested over the killing, police said.

    The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack was found on Tuesday stuffed into a suitcase in the boot of a taxi in front of the five-star St Regis hotel in the upscale Nusa Dua resort area of Bali.'

    The 62 - year-old victim had been staying in the exclusive hotel with her daughter, Heather, 19, and her daughter's boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 21. She was found half naked and investigators say she had put up such a fierce struggle, she had broken her left hand.

    The US Embassy in Jakarta says it is aware of the arrests. There doesn't seem to be any information about where in the US the three are from.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-1...n-bali/5668728

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    Oh wow. If this is the case, I'd have thought it would have reached the Chicago press;

    'Of the search performed by some media, the name Sheila Von Weise Mack refers to the wife of the late composer and conductor, James L Mack. James L Mack had died in August 2006. James is known as one of the famous composers in Chicago. James L Mack besides has a wife named Sheila Von Weise Mack also has a son named HL'

    http://www.baliorti.com/2014/08/foun...itizen-in.html

    Maybe it has. I'll check.
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    Well, news has reached France. Not finding any US links yet. I believe this is James L Mack's wife. Will post another link in a minute.

    http://www.liberation.fr/societe/201...a-bali_1079878
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    Sheila von Wiese Mack of Lake Shore drive, widow of James L Mack, composer, had a daughter at age 43, she said in this 2013 interview here. I believe Sheila was born in 1952, so that would make the age of the teenage daughter she talks about, 19 years old now.

    This lady has a high profile and an even higher profile circle of acquaintances, it seems.

    Interview starts pg 5.
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    Chicago Tribune obituary to James Mack. The daughter also has the same name as the 19 year old charged in Bali. What an utter tragedy.

    'Mr. Mack, 76, of Oak Park died Sunday, Aug. 6, in Athens, Greece, after suffering a pulmonary embolism in his hotel while on vacation. He was with his wife and daughter, Heather, said his wife, Sheila A. von Wiese'

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    Steve Herman (@W7VOA) tweeted at 8:37am - 13 Aug 14:

    The #Bali suitcase murder victim was also the widow of noted #Chicago composer/conductor James L. Mack. (https://twitter.com/W7VOA/status/499444620707647490)

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    Good sleuthing zwiebel

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    The Daily Mail has missed the James Mack connection. Though I expect they'll catch up very soon.....

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...tar-hotel.html
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    Hmmmmm......

    She had been staying in the hotel with her daughter, Heather, 19, and her daughter's boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 21, local police chief Djoko Hari Utomo told reporters.

    Ms Mack and her daughter stayed in the hotel together for several days before the boyfriend joined them on Monday, Utomo said. Ms Mack was recorded on CCTV arguing with Mr Schaefer in the hotel lobby the same night, he said.

    http://www.9news.com.au/world/2014/0...ph1qcqV5uOK.99

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    bbm

    The taxi driver then waited two foreign guests who are checked out. The foreign guests could enter a large suitcase wrapped in a cloth, and put in the trunk of taxi, and three small suitcases placed in the front seat. However, after waiting up to two hours, two guests were not returned to the taxi. The taxi driver then reported to hotel security. Security guard then suggested the taxi driver took the car and the suitcase to the police station. Because the hotel security guard suspicious suitcase bleed.
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    ABC in Chicago.....

    'Unconfirmed published reports say the victim is from the Chicago area....'

    http://abc7chicago.com/news/american...n-bali/255596/
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    Daily Mail

    'The 62-year-old widow from Oak Park, Illinois, was half naked, had several wounds to her head, and appeared to have put up a struggle, a doctor said.'

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    US Embassy Jakarta hasn't issued a press release, as far as I can see, so I guess the statement we've seen quoted must have been made to an individual reporter.

    http://jakarta.usembassy.gov/mobile/...-releases.html
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    'Police launched a hunt and the pair were found sleeping at a hotel in the tourist area of Legian, north of Nusa Dua, early Wednesday, Mr Utomo told AFP.'

    'The victim's body was sent to the main hospital in the Balinese capital Denpasar for an autopsy. '

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    It's a bit bizarre that the young couple thought they would get away with this. I don't understand why they didn't just get out of Bali ASAP - and why they didn't dump the suitcase somewhere rather than leaving it in the possession of a taxi driver to buy themselves more time.

    Maybe they totally freaked out and panicked - because I'm not seeing a whole lot of rational thought going into their 'getaway' plan.

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