‘Suitcase Killer’ Heather Mack heads back to US on early release

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‘Suitcase Killer’ Heather Mack heads back to US on early release

“Suitcase killer” Heather Mack, who was released early from her 10-year sentence in Bali for helping murder her socialite mother, was driven to the airport under tight security Tuesday for her deportation back to Chicago.

The 26-year-old was released for good behavior Friday after serving seven years and two months. Her then-boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, who was also convicted in the killing, was sentenced to 18 years and remains in prison.

Jamaruli Manihuruk, chief of the Bali regional office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, said Mack would fly from Jakarta to Chicago on Delta Air Lines.

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Mack has said she carried out the act for her “freedom.”
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He said his office has asked the central government to ban her from Indonesia for life.

Mack was 18 and pregnant when she helped Schaefer stuff the badly beaten body of her mom — wealthy Chicago socialite Sheila von Wiese-Mack — inside the trunk of a taxi parked at the upscale St. Regis Bali Resort in August 2014.

Bali is also arranging to repatriate Mack’s daughter, Stella Schaefer, who was born while she was in custody and who has not seen her mother for about 20 months because prison visits were halted during the pandemic.

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Mack’s then-boyfriend Tommy Schaefer remains imprisoned in Bali on an 18-year sentence.
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Her attorney, Yulius Benyamin Seran, said earlier that Mack had asked for Stella, who is now 6, to remain with her foster family to avoid media attention in the US. However, Indonesian authorities refused.

“Minors must be accompanied by their mothers when their mothers are deported. There is no policy that allows a mother to leave her underage child here,” said Amrizal, chief of the Bali immigration office.

After her release, Mack told The Post remorse for her crime makes her dread returning to her Windy City hometown.

 Mack of Chicago, Ill., center, is mobbed by reporters as she arrives in the courtroom for her sentencing hearing at a district court in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, April 21, 2015
Mack is mobbed by reporters as she arrives in the courtroom for her sentencing hearing at a district court in Denpasar, Bali, in 2015.
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Jamaruli Manihuruk, chief of the Bali regional office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, has asked the central government to ban Mack from Indonesia for life.
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“I really miss my mom, and everything in Chicago will remind me of her,” Mack said. “I’m sure it will be very confronting because I think of her every day and deeply regret what happened.”

With Post wires

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