‘Suitcase Killer’ Heather Mack Arrested at U.S. Airport After Release from Bali Prison

United States federal agents arrested “suitcase killer” Heather Mack on conspiracy charges after she returned to the U.S. on Nov. 3, following her early release from a prison in Bali, Indonesia.

Authorities took Mack into custody when she arrived at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago for allegedly murdering her mother Sheila von Weise-Mack in 2014 while on vacation in Bali, the Justice Department said.

Mack is due to appear in a court in Illinois on Nov. 3 as she faces one count of conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, one count of conspiracy to commit foreign murder of a U.S. national, and one count of obstruction, according to the indictment.

If convicted, Mack faces a maximum statutory penalty of life imprisonment for counts one and two, and a 20-year imprisonment for count three, as well as a fine of up to $250,000.

According to court documents, Mack and her now-former boyfriend Tommy Schaefer murdered von Weise at the St. Regis Bali Resort, placed the body inside a suitcase, and loaded it into the trunk of a taxi on Aug. 12, 2014.

Indonesian authorities sentenced Mack to 10 years in prison while Schaefer received 18 years in prison.

Indonesia granted Mack an early release on Oct. 29 for good behavior and deported her to the U.S.

Mack’s attorney Brian Claypool told magazine People that he plans to fight the charges against Mack in Illinois, saying that he will argue that U.S. authorities “will be guilty of engineering a double jeopardy case.”


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