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    Bali - Sheila von Wiese Macks body found in suitcase. * MEDIA/TIMELINE*NO DISCUSSION*

    '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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    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.
    http://www.caxtonclub.org/reading/2013/may13.pdf
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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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    Daily Mail has updated with first pics of the suspects.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...tar-hotel.html
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    Bali Suitcase Murder Timeline - HISTORY

    Jan 2004-June 2013 Records of 86 incidents in which police were called to a house in Oak Park, where SWM and her daughter, HM, lived. ... the pair had a tumultuous/sometimes contentious relationship ... the family moved out [~June 2013]. The majority of the calls were missing-person reports, and others included domestic problems and theft. ... They were all for domestic issues between mother and daughter,' ... none resulted in arrests. ... The two fought over everything from school attendance to HM's boyfriend, neighbors said. “Police were here all the time,” one neighbor said. “They would call police on each other. It turned very abusive and volatile.”

    Aug 2006 SWM's husband, prominent jazz composer JLM, died at age 76 while vacationing in Greece

    Jan 2010 SWM claimed HM punched her in her already broken ankle during an argument over household chores.

    2010 HM denied taking $1,060 cash from her mother, according to the reports. But HM also told police she was mad, so she took a cab to Water Tower Place “with the intention of using SWM's credit card to go shopping.”

    Jan 2011 Police did arrest HM after she allegedly pushed her mother in the chest, knocked her to the floor and broke her right arm, records show.

    Dec 2011 HM has been in court before. ... she was arrested on domestic battery, aggravated battery and battery charges, according to Cook County juvenile records. A family friend said the arrest followed a violent argument with her mother. ... the teen — who was represented by an attorney hired by her mother — was placed on one year of court supervision after she was found guilty of battery. She was ordered to undergo mandatory counseling, including for anger management, as part of a violence prevention program. HM lived during parts of 2012 in two different community-based facilities for minors in the juvenile court system in need of education, life skills and mental health services. Records show HM successfully completed the court-ordered programs.

    2012 Court records show TS pleaded guilty to misdemeanor simple assault following an argument with a Chicago man on the sidewalk outside the victim's Lincoln Park workplace.

    2013 ... two years after her arm was broken [Jan 2011], SWM refused to let police take pictures of a bite mark on her right wrist because she did not believe “Heather going to jail” would help the situation.

    June 2013 SWM & HM moved to a luxury apartment in Chicago overlooking Lake Michigan. ... in an attempt to give herself and her daughter a new start ... where friends said their relationship worsened.

    Dec 2013
    SMW wrote in an email to a friend ...“[HM] has not been in school for over a month and yesterday was consumed with trying to keep her safe. I am trying to get her homebound tutoring once again.”

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    Disclaimer: All timeline info gleaned from publicly available media sources. I don't personally vouch for the veracity of any of it. ~Q
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    Bali Suitcase Murder Timeline:

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    Mon, 7/21/14 “Leaving Aug 4th for Indonesia might not come backkkk” TS wrote on his FB page according to DailyMail.co.uk

    Wed, 7/23/14 SWM reported to police that her credit card was being used ... without her permission at the Conrad Hotel in Chicago. When police arrived at the tony downtown hotel, they discovered HM and her boyfriend, TS, had used the card to book a room and ring up nearly $1,000 in charges. TS, 21 yo and 6' 3", was arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct after acting unruly during the police response. The Oak Park native was scheduled to appear in court [sometime in the later half of Aug]. [?No other charges filed by SWM/hotel/LE?]

    BALI

    Mon, 8/4/14 SWM & HM arrived on Bali; first staying at a Simanyak hotel

    Thur, 8/7/14 HM posted on Instagram a photo she presumably took from the window of their hotel ... accompanied by the caption: "i refuse to let someone say what i can do, gettin (sic) money my attitude you know what it do #bali," the MailOnline reports."

    Sat, 8/9/14 SWM & HM moved to the St. Regis [? $545/night ?] in Nusa Dua; A St. Regis staff member told the Mail that HM and her mother were publicly fighting throughout the trip: "The mother had all the appearances of one of our upmarket guests. But the behavior she and her daughter showed did not belong in our hotel. Even so, it's such a tragic end for that poor woman."

    Tues, 8/12/14; 12a+ Boyfriend TS arrived on Bali; St. Regis security camera showed HM, SWM & TS had public argument in lobby about who would pay bill upon departure; SWM said something like: I paid for his flight, you two can pay for his hotel. HM is believed to have shared occupancy of TS' room.

    Tues, 8/12/14; 3:45a SWM was last spotted on CCTV walking around the hotel lobby

    Tues, 8/12/14; ~6:45a SWM called receptionists asking to wake her up at 10am

    Tues, 8/12/14 Police sources revealed the murder had occurred in room 317 - not 616 - which was being shared by SWM and her daughter ... in the early hours and from room 616, TS dressed in dark clothing was seen on the hotel’s security cameras stepping out into the corridor and taking the lift down to the third floor. ... TS entered room 317 - it is not known if he knocked or whether he had access to the keycard ... SWM
    was bludgeoned to death ... with an object described as looking like an ashtray but which was more 'ornamental' ... with such violence that the objects shattered. “We found pieces of glass around [the] room ...” ... the 5' 5" victim was folded into the 3ft-long silver-coloured case ... but the lid would not close completely ... her alleged killers wrapped the suitcase in a sheet and pulled the cloth tight around ... ?duct tape? ... Bali police: "TS' fingerprints on murder weapon and suitcase"

    Tues, 8/12/14 Some time later TS is seen allegedly lugging the suitcase on his shoulder as he steps out of the room [317]. ... surveillance footage revealed that the couple removed the suitcase from the room SWM was sharing with her daughter, cops said. ... and makes his way up the stairs to his own room. ... he made an error and found himself on the seventh floor and had to make his way back down one floor, police claim. ... TS was totally alone in the stairway

    Tues, 8/12/14 He is then believed to have packed his own belongings and changed his clothes, including putting on a red and yellow jacket

    Tues, 8/12/14; 10a No one answered the SWM requested 10am wake-up call to room 317

    Tues, 8/12/14; ~11a TS asked a bell boy to come up and collect the luggage on a trolley. Security footage shows the bell boy walking a luggage trolly through the plush lobby, the sheet-covered suitcase lying under other bags. TS walks beside the trolley and it is he who lifts the sheet wrapped case, containing a folded SWM, into the boot of a waiting taxi before returning to the hotel with his girlfriend. ... told driver they were going to check out of the hotel and would return ... in lobby asked for contents of safe deposit box (SWM's jewelry, passports) and said SWM would pay for rooms when she checked out on Thurs ... staff refused on both accounts ... HM & TS said they had to return to their room but fled the hotel via a back exit ... CCTV footage showed that the couple escaped via the beach ... Commander DH, said the evidence of murder against HM and TS was 'overwhelming' - and he cited one good reason for it. ... - a sophisticated security system

    Tues, 8/12/14 HM & TS went to the airport; inquired about replacement passports

    Tues, 8/12/14; pm The couple reportedly checked in at the Risata Bali Resort and Spa [? $91/night ?] in the Kuta area, close to the international airport on Tuesday afternoon and paid with SWM's credit card; requested internet access

    Wed, 8/13/14; ~8a LE found HM & TS asleep at the Risata Bali Resort. “The hotel security reported it to us as they realized the names of their guests were identical to the murder suspects announced by the police,” Djoko said.

    Thur, 8/14/14 Scheduled check-out day from the St. Regis and probable return date of flight to USA.


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    Bringing this over from the BREAKING NEWS thread:

    Originally posted by neesaki:

    Sorry if already posted, I didn't see it here. http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/26...ad-in-suitcase

    Chicago area woman found dead in suitcase in Bali

    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -The body of a 62-year-old Chicago woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and police have arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in relation to the death. Sheila Von Wiese-Mack's body was found Tuesday inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of an exclusive hotel in Bali's Nusa Dua area.
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