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American slain in Bali, daughter had troubled past


CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago woman whose beaten body was found stuffed in a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali was repeatedly and violently abused by the daughter who has been arrested in her killing, according to police reports.

A Chicago-based lawyer for the 19-year-old daughter, Heather Mack, meanwhile, says he is concerned for her well-being after she told him she has been sexually assaulted in custody. Indonesian police deny any mistreatment.

The body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, was found last week inside a suitcase in the trunk of a taxi in front of the upscale St. Regis Bali Resort in Bali's exclusive Nusa Dua district. Her body is expected back in the U.S. on Wednesday.

An autopsy found she died of asphyxiation after her nose was broken by a blunt blow. Other bones were broken in her head and face, and wounds on her hands indicate she tried to defend herself, Indonesian authorities say.

Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 21, also of Chicago, have been arrested in the killing. Neither has been charged, but Indonesian police say they are investigating it as a possible case of premeditated murder, which carries a maximum sentence of death.

Police in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park were called 86 times in 10 years to the house where the young woman and her mother once lived. The Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/1o9N2Iv ) obtained the police reports through an open records request.

The reports detail repeated episodes in which von Wiese-Mack said her daughter attacked her and stole her credit cards, money and jewelry. One report says the daughter was arrested in 2011 on suspicion of knocking her mother to the floor and breaking her arm.

In another, the woman accuses her daughter of locking her in her room and preventing her from calling 911. In 2010, she reported that her daughter punched her already-broken ankle during an argument over household chores.

Mack's U.S. attorney, Michael Elkin, said she has told him by phone from Indonesia that she's been sexually assaulted at least three times in custody and was being drugged.

"Heather stated in our last conversation that she found what appeared to be needle marks on various areas of her body," he said in a written statement, adding that she sounded dazed and incoherent at times.

She's also told him that she's not getting enough water and that she is two months pregnant, he said.

Elkin said in an interview Tuesday that he is concerned for Mack's safety.

Col. Djoko Hari Utomo, the police chief in Bali's provincial capital, Denpasar, denied the sexual abuse claim.

"We never treat her like that," Utomo said. "We even treat her better than treatment for other detainees here."

Haposan Sihombing, an Indonesian lawyer assigned to accompany the couple, also denied the abuse allegations.

Addressing her reported pregnancy, Utomo said she would be provided health care.

Von Wiese-Mack's body was to be flown home early Wednesday on a Korean Air flight, said Ida Bagus Putu Alit, head of forensics at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar.

An FBI agent who arrived in Bali on Friday and investigated possible criminal activity by the couple in the United States saw the handover of von Wiese-Mack's body on Tuesday afternoon, Alit said.

FBI Assists Indonesian Police in Probe of American Woman's Death

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Michele August 19 2014 at 2:58 PM

If I had to have the police come to my home 86 times, or even one time, because of my troubled daughter I certainly wouldn't be taking her on vacation. Nor would I have her living with me.

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chasesea August 19 2014 at 1:29 PM

Claimed she was pregnant. Hopefully, she's not or abort. The child is already doomed with bad genes from both of these monsters. And for anyone pro-life, please (in advance) shut up.

I love how they can just murder someone but then hide their faces from the camera. Pieces of ****.

Hoping for death for both of them.

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baldbiker2 August 19 2014 at 2:20 PM

So....Heather's 2 months pregnant and smoking? Shes doomed. Indonesia is a tough place, capital punishment is common, esp for murder. Watch the US lawyer ask for help from the Federal govt to get these 2 back to the U.S. And, the boyfruiend is black and the dead woman was unarmed. Wheres the outrage? Jessee, Al, barack, eric. your responses to this murder of a white woman by a black man?

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aljoramaggio August 19 2014 at 2:37 PM

In 2008, Indonesia widened its' use of the Death Penalty for premeditated murder.

These two charmers couldn't have picked a worse place to commit the crime.

If convicted, they may face death by firing squad.

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gracecampbell59 August 19 2014 at 2:59 PM

I think she has bad blood from her father's side. Her mom was a reportedly a kind woman and well-liked by others.
I am Indonesian and I know Indonesian jails are horrible. Serve her right!

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cgssnavickas August 19 2014 at 2:43 PM

I wouldn't believe one thing she says. She's only using the "pregnancy excuse" for her benefit. Apparently she has a violent history. Anyone who will beat up a parent deserves the worst possible punishment. If memory serves, both parents had money, and she couldn't wait to get her hands on it. Her mother stood in the way. She's nothing but a greedy, narcissistic b!+@h who deserves what's coming to her.

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malloryins August 19 2014 at 2:39 PM

Why treat her better?
And she shouldn't complain, at least she isn't shoved into a suitcase DEAD.

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minutemaus malloryins August 19 2014 at 4:43 PM

Let the punishment fit the crime, I say.

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philoso2 malloryins August 19 2014 at 6:19 PM

Hold on,she maybe suffering from Affluenza!!

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accordmee philoso2 August 20 2014 at 2:41 AM

Yeah she might be but that only works for white guys.

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Tom August 19 2014 at 2:59 PM

If the accusations about what she's done to her own mother are true, she deserves anything she gets. What's the saying? Oh yes, you reap what you sow.

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baldbiker2 August 19 2014 at 2:23 PM

Troubled past? How about Violent history of abuse towards her mother, that's how the headline should read. AOL, your headlines need to be a lot more accurate and truthful. Whats next? Boyfriend was detained by Indonesian officials because hes black?

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c1g2w3 baldbiker2 August 19 2014 at 2:58 PM


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robinrmh baldbiker2 August 20 2014 at 12:51 AM

I was abused by my Mother. Despite the clear facts she can never be an actual Mother, I contact her daily just to make sure she is OK. She also lived with me for a year and a half, as difficult as that was. I still look for the "beauty" part of it. There were small things that appeared while she was with me (by no means did it outrule the bad things) that are moments to remember. We are all humans with all kinds of "what ails us". Its important to be the ones that break that cycle and show love!

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ImportantFacts robinrmh August 20 2014 at 2:17 AM

You must be a Christian. Either way, you should put your mother in a home and walk away. You have no obligation to her as she broke that "covenant" when she abused you as an innocent, helpless child! SICK!

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probert537 robinrmh August 20 2014 at 8:45 AM

And how would that help this slain woman? Im sure she showed her daughter plenty of love, look what that got her. Your Christian values dont fix everything.

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rjollierroger August 19 2014 at 3:21 PM

They are going to get a lesson in justice. They are not in the good ole USA now. They will find they have no where near the rights they enjoyed over here.

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