Man Confesses to Murdering Girlfriend's Mother In Bali, Stuffing Her In Suitcase

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A confession has been made by the American man suspected of killing his girlfriend’s mother in a luxury hotel in Bali.

His girlfriend Heather Mack,19, the daughter of the victim, has admitted to helping him stuff her mother’s dead body into a suitcase.

Tommy Schaefer, 21, and Mack, were arrested in Bali on August 13 after the body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack was found in a suitcase in the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali Resort.

"Schaefer confessed to killing von Wiese-Mack during police interrogation," police chief Col. Djoko Heru Utomo said. "He was hurt and offended by the victim's words in an argument with him. That is the motive for the murder."

The three months’ pregnant Mack admitted to assisting Schaefer with stuffing her mother’s body into a suitcase during a separate interrogation.

The accused were accompanied by their U.S. and Indonesian lawyers during the interrogations, reports Huffington Post.

Police have interviewed dozens of witnesses, including the taxi driver whose cab the body was found inside and hotel employees.

Witnesses have reported they overheard an argument among the three over who would pay for the rooms. Security footage showed the victim arguing with Schaefer in the hotel lobby.

The taxi driver was hired by Mack and Schaefer and they placed the suitcase in the trunk. They reportedly told the driver they were going to check out of the hotel and would return.

They did not return and when police saw blood on the suitcase they suggested the driver take the taxi to the police station.  Officers opened the suitcase and found the body.

Formal charges have yet to be made against Mack and Schaefer, reports the New York Post.

Utomo said the investigation will hopefully be completed and the case filed before the couple’s detention period ends in mid-October.

Von Wiese-Mack was the widow of jazz and classical composer James L. Mack, who died in 2006.

Sources: Huffington Post, New York Post

Photo Source: New York Post/AP, The Caxton Club