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Police records hint at issues before Bali death


CHICAGO (AP) - As Indonesian police question the 19-year-old daughter of a woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in Bali, authorities in an upscale Chicago suburb examined records of 86 incidents in which police were called to the family's house.

Sheila von Wiese-Mack had lived with her daughter, Heather, in Oak Park. The calls to police started in 2004 and lasted through June 2013, according to village of Oak Park spokesman David Powers, who also said the family moved out about a year ago. The bulk of the calls were missing-person reports, and others included domestic problems and theft.

Powers didn't have details about the calls, but said none resulted in arrests. He added there were a number of 911 calls made from the residence in which the caller hung up, and, as is standard procedure, the police department sent a squad car to investigate.

The body of the 62-year-old Shelia von Wiese-Mack was found Tuesday inside a suitcase left in a trunk of a taxi. It was parked in front of the St. Regis Bali Resort in the island's upscale Nusa Dua area, Denpasar, Bali, police chief Col. Djoko Hari Utomo has said.

On Wednesday, police arrested Heather Mack and her 21-year-old boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, who is also from the Chicago area.

Few details were available from Bali, but the police records from the upscale Chicago suburb could shed light on the relationship between the mother and daughter. Friends have also started talking to local reporters, alleging that the mother-daughter relationship was sometimes contentious.

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

Seven years later, Wiese-Mack was featured in a profile by a century-old Chicago book club called the Caxton Club, in where she was a member. In it, she described doing research for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, studying under Saul Bellow and working as an editor for Studs Terkel.

A longtime friend and assistant of Terkel, Sydney Lewis, confirmed Wiese-Mack had, in fact, worked for Terkel, but she said that her duties were limited to transcribing for the famed Chicago writer.

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agmassey August 14 2014 at 5:40 PM

to shnboi: about the previous comment that these things usually happen for the best. How can it be for the best if she was killed and put in a suitcase?

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sedunning August 14 2014 at 7:04 PM

any time the police have been sent to your home over 80 times, someone should be put in jail or the mental institution, because this is not normal.

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cafebeege sedunning August 15 2014 at 4:12 AM

Just did the math. Perhaps I'm miscalculating, but if the calls started in 2004, the daughter was only 9 yrs old. The father didn't die until 2006. But THIS END RESULT ?? Hmmm ...... father "perhaps" a creative genius (fine line between insanity and genius). The daughter, to do, or go along with this is obviously "off". And maybe the mother was going crazy trying to deal with both of them, so all three were imbalanced. OMG ...... and THEN this boyfriend "found" them .....yeeessshhh........

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Aldito BS/BM August 14 2014 at 6:02 PM

Pretty sick story, what type of persons would do something like that? Monsters!!

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travellinjack Aldito BS/BM August 14 2014 at 6:11 PM

What kind of people would do that? Spoiled sicko brats! That girl should have been put somewhere long ago, if 911 had to be called so many times in the past.

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michells27 August 14 2014 at 6:28 PM

If all this trouble started in 2004, the daughter was around 9 or 10 years old. Has it been the daughter hurting the mom or the mom hurting the daughter? There are layers in this story. Lots and lots of layers.

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jakki051 michells27 August 14 2014 at 11:17 PM

It still doesn't give her a right to KILL! I don't care who did the hurting. Thou shalt NOT KILL! WHO EVER did the hurting needed help and therapy. But no one deserves to be killed!

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I love Snickers August 14 2014 at 6:36 PM

Ahhhh, Bali. Must be such a beautiful place to go visit or live!!!! Although, not such a great place to end up packed in a suitcase. Daughter did not show a lot of appreciation for her mother taking her to such a tropical paradise.

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jakki051 I love Snickers August 14 2014 at 11:14 PM

If she had been there Alive?Then, yes it could be considered paradise! But DEAD? No. Her mother didn't know she was in a tropical paradise! Evil kids!

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awisec August 14 2014 at 6:22 PM

These kinds of things usually happen when one loaths the other. Obviously, it might have been the mother not accepting the boyfriend and or usually about greed and life insurance. Time for the feds to look into what was left to the mother when the famous jazz husband past on.

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Karine awisec August 14 2014 at 7:29 PM

Good lord stop guessing .. Looks like you lost your chrystal ball...

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goodgrief61945 awisec August 14 2014 at 8:02 PM

Guessing they already thought about that.

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donpantanella August 14 2014 at 11:31 PM

I can hear them now, the boyfriend saying " wheres the suit case" and the girlfriend saying " I thought you got it" And the girlfriend saying "you know I would never leave mama in the trunk".

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jcbigg August 14 2014 at 7:59 PM

This writer will probably be the only one who refers to Oak Park as an upscale neighborhood.

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christierandall jcbigg August 14 2014 at 10:09 PM

it is very nice suburb...several Frank Lloyd Wright homes...although there are some areas not so nice...for the most part very nice older homes...I lived there for awhile..

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jcbigg jcbigg August 14 2014 at 11:18 PM

Very familiar with the area. Maybe in 1950 it was considered "upscale", but it's 2014 and that's pretty far from the truth now.

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LL August 14 2014 at 6:01 PM

what ?...

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Dave August 14 2014 at 6:23 PM

okay Chicago lets outlaw suitcases

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steelebook Dave August 14 2014 at 7:31 PM

Keep that weapon holstered, Dave. . .

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bdot157 Dave August 14 2014 at 8:30 PM

I've got a better idea. Let's outlaw ignorance, you'll be the first in the pokey.

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