‘Suitcase Killer’ Heather Mack indicted on murder conspiracy charges

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'Suitcase Killer' Heather Mack indicted on murder conspiracy charges

Newly freed “suitcase killer” Heather Mack was indicted on murder conspiracy charges in the US on Wednesday — and taken into federal custody as soon as she landed back home in Chicago.

Mack, 26, had only walked free from a Bali prison on Friday after serving seven years of a 10-year sentence for helping murder her socialite mother, who was found stuffed in a suitcase in August 2014

After being deported from the Indonesian island, her plane touched down at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday morning — where she was met by FBI agents who took her straight into custody.

The feds had ordered her to fly to Chicago and not Los Angeles, where she hoped to go, and agents then met her at Terminal 5 as she stepped off her Delta Airlines flight, the Chicago Tribune said.

Mack — who was 18 and pregnant when mom Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, was murdered — was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday.

Heather Mack and boyfriend Tommy Schaefer
Heather Mack and boyfriend Tommy Schaefer were indicted on two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country. Schaefer is in Indonesia serving an 18 year sentence.

Her ex-boyfriend Tommy Schaefer — who was convicted of murder in Indonesia and is still serving an 18-year sentence there — was indicted on the same charges.

They were both also charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly plotting the murder in both Chicago and Bali.

Heather Mack
Heather Mack’s was 18 when she helped murder her mother, who was then stuffed in a suitcase.
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Mack is expected to have an initial hearing at the Dirksen federal courthouse later Wednesday, the Tribune said.

She faces life in prison if convicted of the murder conspiracy charges, or up to 20 years for the obstruction one.

The five-page indictment accuses the pair of a series of overt acts, including leaving Chicago for Bail in early august 2014, exchanging messages on how to kill Mack’s mom and then the actual killing, the Chicago Sun-Times said.

Heather Mack
After being deported from the Indonesian island, her plane touched down at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday morning — where she was met by FBI agents who took her straight into custody.
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The murder made international headlines in 2014 when Von Wiese-Mack’s badly beaten body was found in a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi parked at the upscale St. Regis Bali Resort.

Mack and Schaefer, then 21, were arrested a day later at a hotel about 6 miles away and were convicted in 2015.

Mack was released from prison early for good behavior, and reunited with the six-year-old daughter she gave birth to in prison.

Heather Mack
Heather Mack was released from prison in Bali early for good behavior and flew to Chicago where she was taken into federal custody.
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There have been questions about the case since at least 2016, when one of Schaefer’s cousins pleaded guilty to helping to plan the killing in exchange for $50,000 from Mack’s expected inheritance. 

That cousin was sentenced the next year to nine years in prison. 

In 2017, the Tribune reported that court documents revealed the FBI was investigating whether others were involved in the conspiracy to kill Von Weise-Mack.

With Post wires

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