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Heather Mack arrested moments after landing in the US

Heather Mack arrested moments after landing in the US

‘Suitcase killer’ Heather Mack was arrested on Wednesday simply moments after setting foot on US soil for the first time since serving to to homicide her socialite mom at a five-star Bali resort in 2014.

The 26-year-old arrived at Chicago O’Hare Airport accompanied by the little woman she bore behind bars solely to search out federal brokers ready for her at the gate.

The swoop was anticipated by her authorized staff who’ve vowed to wage ‘battle’ to permit convicted killer Mack to start out afresh, citing double jeopardy legal guidelines and the affect it should have on her six-year-old daughter, Stella. 

Mack – 18 and pregnant when she helped homicide Sheila von Wiese-Mack and stuff the corpse right into a suitcase – was launched early final week for good conduct, seven years and two months right into a 10-year sentence. 

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She was arrested shortly after getting off a 13-hour flight from Seoul, South Korea at 9:30am CT, on fees stemming from a three-count federal indictment in 2017 that was briefly unsealed in federal court docket Wednesday. 

Mack and boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 28 – who stays behind bars – are charged with two counts of conspiring to kill her mom and one rely of obstruction of justice.

Heather Mack (pictured lt after being released from prison in Bali last week) was arrested Wednesday moring moments after landing in the US or the first time since she was convicted of helping murder her mother in 2014. Shr

Mack is returning to Chicago with her six-year-old daughter Stella, seen here Tuesday, with whom she was pregnant at the time of von Wiese-Mack's murder

Heather Mack (pictured left after being launched from jail in Bali final week) was arrested Wednesday morning moments after landing in the US or the first time since she was convicted of serving to homicide her mom in 2014. She was accompanied by the six-year-old daughter (proper) she bore behind bars solely to search out federal brokers ready for her at the gate

Heather Mack, 26, left, was seen holding hands with her prison-born daughter Stella Schaefer as they were escorted through an airport in Indonesian to be deported to America on Tuesday

Heather Mack, 26, left, was seen holding fingers along with her prison-born daughter Stella Schaefer as they had been escorted via an airport in Indonesian to be deported to America on Tuesday

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Mack and Stella headed through Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali as they got set to fly to Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, on Tuesday before heading to Chicago, where Mack lived before the murder

Mack and Stella headed via Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali as they obtained set to fly to Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, on Tuesday earlier than heading to Chicago, the place Mack lived earlier than the homicide

Mack was was arrested as she stepped off the Delta (Korean Air) flight in Chicago Wednesday morning, a rep for her lawyer Brian Claypool confirmed to DailyMail.com

Mack was was arrested as she stepped off the Delta (Korean Air) flight in Chicago Wednesday morning, a rep for her lawyer Brian Claypool confirmed to DailyMail.com 

The grand jury indictment was filed in July 2017 however remained below seal till Federal authorities caught wind of Mack’s imminent return.

A authorities movement filed Wednesday morning stated: ‘The United States has learnt that defendant Heather Mack was launched from jail in Indonesia on October 29, 2021, and plans to return to Chicago, Illinois on or about November 3, 2021.

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‘An arrest warrant has been issued for Heather Mack based mostly upon the Indictment and the FBI intends to execute the warrant when the defendant arrives at O’Hare Airport.’ 

The order requested the US District Court for Northern Illinois to unseal the historic indictment instantly upon Mack’s arrest.

Sources instructed DailyMail.com that Mack was prone to be in court docket for arraignment later Wednesday.

Mack has claimed that she was hiding in a toilet when Schaefer, then aged 21, bludgeoned Sheila to dying with a fruit bowl inside a room at an opulent Regis resort in Bali in 2014. 

But prosecutors say she helped him cram the physique right into a suitcase and wheel it downstairs the place they hailed a cab and loaded it into the trunk. The pair ran away when the driver turned suspicious however had been arrested shortly afterwards at a close-by price range resort and placed on trial.  

The indictment – which was resealed later Wednesday morning – features a checklist of ‘overt acts’ by Mack and Schaefer allegedly conspiring to kill her mom, similar to Mack arranging her boyfriend’s journey to Bali on August 10, 2014, and the couple discussing how and when to kill her in messages two days later. 

They are accused of obstruction justice by ‘destroy[ing], mutilat[ing] and conceal[ing] objects’ by stuffing von Wiese-Mack’s physique right into a suitcase and eradicating it – in addition to the ‘linens and objects of clothes worn throughout the killing’ – from the scene. 

Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer were in a Bali when they murdered Heather's mother Sheila von Wiese-Mack in a hotel room

Mack (left) and von Wiese-Mack (right) had a very strained relationship with Chicago police being called multiple times over the years

Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer had been in a Bali once they murdered Heather’s mom Sheila von Wiese-Mack in a resort room 

She was arrested on charges stemming from a three-count federal indictment in 2017 that was briefly unsealed in federal court Wednesday

She was arrested on fees stemming from a three-count federal indictment in 2017 that was briefly unsealed in federal court docket Wednesday

Mack and boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 28 - who remains behind bars - are charged with two counts of conspiring to kill her mother and one count of obstruction of justice

Mack and boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 28 – who stays behind bars – are charged with two counts of conspiring to kill her mom and one rely of obstruction of justice

A rep for Mack’s lawyer Brian Claypool confirmed to Dailymail.com that the convicted killer was arrested as she stepped off the Delta flight in Chicago. 

Stella is being cared for by Oshar Putu Melody Suartama, an Australian girl married to a Balinese man, who has been elevating Stella and escorted to mom and daughter again to the States.

Even earlier than her arrival, DailyMail.com can reveal that Mack’s authorized staff was prepping for a variety of situations, fearing she may face arrest on the tarmac or have her daughter taken away by Child Protective Services (CPS).

The Chicago native had begged Indonesian officers to let Stella escape her infamy by staying behind in Bali to be raised by foster father or mother and shut buddy Oshar Suartama. 

But her plea was refused and the pair had been reunited this week earlier than embarking on the grueling 24-hour journey dwelling taking in stops in Jakarta, Seoul and touching down in the US the place brokers and a authorities legal professional had been ready for her at O’Hare’s terminal 5. 

Attorney Brian Claypool sought an emergency listening to Tuesday to make sure that, in the occasion Mack was taken away, her daughter would as a substitute be left in the care of Oshar, who accompanied the mother and daughter on their flight to the US.

Claypool instructed DailyMail.com he utilized to Cook County for the emergency order after listening to that FBI brokers boarded the identical flights and shadowed the trio as they travelled half means round the world, although his declare is but to be confirmed.

‘We did not need Stella going into CPS,’ Claypool instructed DailyMail.com.

‘First, she has a foster mother, who she considers to be mommy quantity two. They have a loving, caring relationship. ‘Second, as soon as a baby will get into the foster care system it’s a lot tougher to extricate them.’

Claypool stated that if the Feds determine to arrest Mack on new fees – maybe some type of conspiracy cost associated to the plotting of her mom’s dying, relatively than the act itself – he would combat any such fees on the foundation of double jeopardy. 

‘It’s gonna be a canine combat as a result of they’re being punitive in direction of Heather,’ he instructed the Chicago-Sun Times.

Among these at worldwide arrivals Wednesday awaiting a glimpse of Stella was Schaefer’s mother Kia Walker, who instructed reporters she deliberate to combat for custody of the little woman.

‘I’m Stella’s grandmother and I need custody of my granddaughter,’ she stated, combating tears.

Stella has been living with a foster family since age two. Mack said she was considering leaving her with her Indonesian caretakers

Stella has been residing with a foster household since age two. Mack stated she was contemplating leaving her along with her Indonesian caretakers  

‘The query is, who’s going to cease Heather Mack. Who’s going to do it? Who’s going to be the one?

‘Because there was a circus in Indonesia and I do not need there to be a circus in America. I’m talking up for my granddaughter. There is numerous fallacious happening right here.

‘I need custody of my granddaughter. The legal professionals do not want custody. Oshar would not want custody. Stella has household right here. She has me.

‘All this craziness has to cease. I’m asking that we, the individuals of America, do that for Stella.’

At one level, Walker obtained her son on the telephone from his jail cell in Bali however the killer stated he did not need to discuss to the media and hung up.

She stated Schaefer had suffered from a litany of well being complaints together with Covid and a number of organ failure whereas languishing behind bars however she stopped in need of defending him.

‘Sheila has all the time been first, all the time,’ Walker added. ‘My son is aware of how I really feel a couple of girl placing their fingers on a girl or a person placing their fingers on a girl.

‘My son deserves to be in jail. He is aware of how I really feel, however he additionally deserves enough medical care. He wants assist.’

Eventually Walker gave up ready after studying that Stella and Suartama had left through a US customs and Border Protection workplace located elsewhere in the terminal. 

Stella was born in jail whereas her mother and then-boyfriend Tommy Schaefer stood trial for murdering Sheila, 62, in August 2014. 

Both had been convicted of first diploma homicide and locked up in Kerobokan jail, the place Mack’s wannabe rapper ex remains to be serving out his 18-year stretch. 

Judges had been lenient in direction of Mack, nonetheless, as a result of she had simply given start at the time and final week it was revealed she could be launched three years early due to her good conduct and instantly deported.   

Mack was sentenced to 10 years in 2015 for aiding in the murder of her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, and then stuffing her body in a suitcase

Mack was sentenced to 10 years in 2015 for aiding in the homicide of her mom, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, after which stuffing her physique in a suitcase

Mack was escorted by security to the airport in Indonesia before she and her daughter Stella were deported

Mack was escorted by safety to the airport in Indonesia earlier than she and her daughter Stella had been deported

Mack gave birth to her daughter Stella during the trial and raised her in prison until she turned two when she was put into the foster care system in Indonesia

Mack gave start to her daughter Stella throughout the trial and raised her in jail till she turned two when she was put into the foster care system in Indonesia

Stella arrived at the airport Tuesday with Mack's lawyer and was taken to a departure area to meet her mother. She had been staying with a friend for most of the time Mack was incarcerated

Stella arrived at the airport Tuesday with Mack’s lawyer and was taken to a departure space to fulfill her mom. She had been staying with a buddy for many of the time Mack was incarcerated

Heather Mack, 26, was driven away Tuesday as she prepared to begin her journey from Jakarta to Chicago on Delta Airlines. She has previously expressed her concerns over returning to her hometown

Heather Mack, 26, was pushed away Tuesday as she ready to start her journey from Jakarta to Chicago on Delta Airlines. She has beforehand expressed her issues over returning to her hometown

Under Indonesian regulation, Stella was allowed to stay along with her mom in her cell till she turned two when Mack gave custody of her to Australian native Suartama, whom she befriended throughout her trial.

Mack, who had not seen her daughter for 20 months due to Covid visiting restrictions, requested for the association to proceed solely to be knocked again by the Indonesia authorities.

‘Minors have to be accompanied by their moms when their moms are deported. There isn’t any coverage that enables a mom to depart her underage little one right here,’ stated Amrizal, chief of the Bali immigration workplace.

Mack inherited a $1.6m fortune from her mother however she signed it over to her daughter in 2018. It’s not clear if Mack is ready to entry any of that cash herself to fund their new begin in the States.

The settlement was brokered by Claypool, her legal professional for the previous six years, who stated Mack may additionally head to Los Angeles to stay with a buddy.

She has half-siblings from her dad’s facet of the household, believed to be based mostly in Texas, and can also be stated to have stored up with a handful of associates from her teenagers.

‘I’m fearful and nervous of returning to Chicago,’ Mack instructed author Andrea Dixon forward of her launch.

‘I’m not anxious about the thought that individuals can’t perceive the tragedy for my sake. But I’m nervous for Stella. I’m scared that if she comes again to the States with me, she can be uncovered to what occurred.’ 

Mack is returning to Chicago with her six-year-old daughter Stella, seen here Tuesday, with whom she was pregnant at the time of von Wiese-Mack's murder

Mack is returning to Chicago along with her six-year-old daughter Stella, seen right here Tuesday, with whom she was pregnant at the time of von Wiese-Mack’s homicide

Stella was born during Mack's trial and raised in prison with her mother until she was 2-years-old then handed over to an Australian woman, Oshar Suartama, who befriended Mack during the murder trial in 2014

Stella was born throughout Mack’s trial and raised in jail along with her mom till she was 2-years-old then handed over to an Australian girl, Oshar Suartama, who befriended Mack throughout the homicide trial in 2014 

Mack is seen inside an immigration car, after being released from Kerobokan Prison in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Friday. She was released 34 months early for good behavior

Mack is seen inside an immigration automobile, after being launched from Kerobokan Prison in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Friday. She was launched 34 months early for good conduct 

Mack claimed in a earlier interview with DailyMail.com that she would return to Bali, declaring: ‘I’d get deported on launch but when that occurs I hope it should solely be for a most of six months. I’ll return as shortly as I can.’

The probabilities of that appeared this week bleak, nonetheless, after Jamaruli Manihuruk of Indonesia’s Law and Human Rights Ministry instructed DailyMail.com earlier this week that steps had been underway to cease Mack from re-entering Bali, which is a part of Indonesia.

‘We will suggest a lifetime ban for heather. But the determination can be made by Immigration official in Jakarta,’ he stated, referring to the nation’s capital.

Mack loved a privileged upbringing in Chicago’s upscale Oak Park suburb, rising up in a $1.5m mansion with political researcher mother Sheila and her father James L. Mack, a famend jazz composer, who died in 2006 whereas the household vacationed in Greece.

During her incarceration Mack recalled how Sheila had left her husband’s physique in the morgue to go crusing in Santorini, triggering a simmering hatred that intensified when her mom tried to cease her relationship Schaefer in highschool.

When Mack dropped out and have become pregnant Sheila flew her daughter to Bali to attempt to persuade her to terminate the child. But she stole her mother’s bank card as a substitute and used it to fly out Schaefer in a $12,000 enterprise class seat, her trial was instructed.

In textual content messages introduced in court docket Schaefer urged his teen lover to suffocate Sheila so they might declare her property, which he believed was price as much as $11million. 

He ended up doing the job himself in ugly vogue – battering the political strategist with a metallic bowl till she suffocated from a damaged nostril.

Schaefer testified that Sheila had racially abused him and tried to strangle him throughout an argument about the being pregnant.

In actuality, the besotted lovers had plotted to kill her months and had already tried however did not kill her by overdose.

They additionally enlisted recommendation from his US-based cousin Robert Bibbs, who was later jailed for 9 years in the US for his half in the scheming – providing an avenue Feds may discover to convey a contemporary prosecution.

Behind bars, Mack was stated to have left her lifetime of crime behind, nonetheless, going to church, organizing vogue reveals and instructing different inmates to bounce.

In her a 2019 interview with DailyMail.com Mack stated she additionally felt ‘extra Indonesian than American’, and will communicate each the Indonesian language and the native Bahasa Balinese dialect

‘My daughter is extra Indonesian than American. She has life right here,’ Mack stated.

But whereas Mack has expressed regret over her mom’s killing, Sheila’s siblings do not buy it.

Her maternal uncle Bill Weise instructed DailyMail.com that releasing her quickly was a ‘joke’ and a ‘travesty of justice’. He stated of Mack’s stint behind bars: ‘It appeared like she was having a celebration behind bars.’

Mack was seen holding fingers along with her prison-born daughter Stella Schaefer, 6, as they had been deported from Indonesia to America on Tuesday. 

The mom and daughter had been escorted by a heavy safety presence via Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali as they obtained set to fly to Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, on Tuesday earlier than heading to Mack’s hometown Chicago.  

Stella arrived at the airport Tuesday with Mack’s lawyer and was taken to a departure space to fulfill her mom. She had been staying with a buddy for many of the time Mack was incarcerated.

Mack was escorted by immigration officers to Immigration detention center in Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia on Friday

Mack was escorted by immigration officers to Immigration detention heart in Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia on Friday

Mack (left), was serving a 10-year sentence for the homicide of her mom, socialite Sheila von Wiese Mack (proper), whose corpse was discovered stuffed right into a suitcase in Bali in 2014

Tommy Schaefer and Stella

Mack and Stella

Mack stated Stella, now 6, doesn’t know why each her mom and father are imprisoned, and she or he needs to maintain it that means 

Police inspect a bloodied suitcase containing von Wiese-Mack's broken corpse in August 2014

Police examine a bloodied suitcase containing von Wiese-Mack’s damaged corpse in August 2014

According to Jamaruli Manihuruk, head of Bali’s Law and Human Rights Ministry, Mack had requested that her daughter stay in Bali, however that request was denied.

‘She cannot depart her daughter,’ Manihuruk instructed DailyMail.com. 

The badly overwhelmed physique of Mack’s mom, rich Chicago socialite Sheila von Wiese-Mack, was discovered in a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi parked at the upscale St. Regis Bali Resort in August 2014.

The killing generated nationwide and worldwide consideration for years, in half due to images of the suitcase that appeared far too small to carry an grownup girl’s physique.

Mack, who was nearly 19-years-old and some weeks pregnant, and her then-21-year-old boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, had been arrested a day later after they had been discovered at a price range resort about six miles from the St. Regis.

Their daughter, Stella Schaefer, was born shortly earlier than her mother and father had been convicted in 2015. Under Indonesian regulation, she was allowed to stay along with her mom in her cell in Kerobokan feminine jail till she turned two, when Mack gave custody of her younger daughter to an Australian girl, Oshar Suartama, who befriended Mack throughout the homicide trial in 2014, till her launch from jail.

Her legal professional, Yulius Benyamin Seran, stated earlier that Mack had requested for the woman, who’s now six-years-old, to stay along with her foster household to keep away from media consideration in the U.S. However, Indonesian laws refused.

‘Minors have to be accompanied by their moms when their moms are deported. There isn’t any coverage that enables a mom to depart her underage little one right here,’ stated Amrizal, chief of the Bali immigration workplace.

She expressed her fears of returning to Chicago with Stella to The New York Post: ‘I’m fearful and nervous of returning to Chicago. I’m not anxious about the thought that individuals can’t perceive the tragedy for my sake. But I’m nervous for [my daughter] Stella.’

‘I’m scared that if she comes again to the States with me, she can be uncovered to what occurred.’ 

‘I don’t want anybody shoving a digicam into Stella’s face. I do know that it’s going to occur to me however I’ll do my finest to guard Stella from that trauma.’ 

Mack’s sentence was shortened by President Joko Widodo by a complete of 34 months resulting from reductions usually granted to prisoners on main holidays due to good conduct.

After being launched, Mack stayed at an immigration detention heart for 4 days whereas ready for her flight tickets and journey paperwork to be prepared.

She was intently escorted by immigration officers to Bali´s airport for a flight to Jakarta on Tuesday afternoon. 

Jamaruli Manihuruk, chief of the Bali regional workplace of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, stated she would fly from Jakarta to Chicago on Delta Airlines. He stated his workplace has requested the central authorities to ban Mack from Indonesia for all times. 

Mack beforehand stated that she doesn’t plan to remain in Chicago, the place she can be residing with a buddy, for lengthy. 

‘I’d get deported (again to America) on launch but when that occurs I hope it should solely be for a most of six months. I’ll return as shortly as I can,’ she instructed DailyMailTV. 

Mack was bowled over by the media crowded outdoors the jail awaiting her launch on Friday: ‘Oh my God, you’re loopy,’ she stated as she left. 

Lili, the jail chief warden, who goes by a single title, stated that Mack was overjoyed at being launched and likewise frightened, crying and nearly fainting.

‘All prisoners have to be blissful as soon as they’ll depart the jail, together with Heather,’ Lili stated.

‘She felt blissful, just a little bit shocked, doubt, and just a little bit anxious when she discovered she would depart the jail. But we tried to calm her down. She cried when she stated goodbye to her associates inside.’ 

Wearing denims and a t-shirt, with an orange security vest on high, Mack was greeted by associates outdoors the jail, together with the girl who raised her daughter. 

She reportedly had a troubled relationship along with her mom, with officers in the U.S. confirming that police had been referred to as to the household’s Oak Park, Illinois dwelling dozens of instances.

Von Wiese-Mack repeatedly filed and ultimately dropped fees towards her daughter all through her teenage years. At one level, Mack spent per week in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in 2010 and positioned on psychiatric holds resulting from her violent outbursts. 

Mack dropped out of highschool in 2014 and have become pregnant whereas relationship Schaefer, an unemployed aspiring rapper. Von Wiese-Mack reportedly booked the Bali trip in an try and persuade her daughter to terminate her being pregnant.

Bali police stated the resort’s surveillance digicam confirmed that Mack and Schaefer had argued with the woman’s mom in the foyer shortly earlier than the killing, which allegedly happened inside a room in the resort. 

The younger couple allegedly plotted to homicide von Wiese-Mack and break up her $1.6million property. Mack has since settled a authorized battle along with her mom’s property and won’t obtain ‘any property, profit, or different curiosity.’

The sole beneficiary on von Wiese-Mack’s property can be Mack’s daughter. 

Schaefer testified in court docket that von Wiese-Mack was offended at him when she realized about her daughter´s being pregnant. He stated she insulted him and Mack, needed her to get an abortion and strangled him in a heated argument earlier than he beat her to dying with a fruit bowl.

Prosecutors stated Mack hid in the rest room throughout the assault however later helped stuff her mom’s physique in the suitcase by sitting on it to allow Schaefer to shut it.

Later video from the hall confirmed Mack bringing a cart to maneuver the suitcase and Schaefer carrying the suitcase to the cart. Video additionally confirmed the couple speaking to a taxi driver. The two allegedly deserted the suitcase in a taxi and left via the resort’s again door. 

Heather Mack arrested moments after landing in the US

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