Police: American suspect confesses in Bali killing

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This photo taken on August 12, 2014 shows the suitcase where the body of a woman was found inside, displayed at a police station in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. A US tourist's battered body has been found in a suitcase at the exclusive hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and her daughter and daughter's boyfriend have been arrested over the killing, police said on August 13, 2014. The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack was found on August 12 stuffed into a suitcase in the boot of a taxi in front of the five-star St. Regis hotel. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 21: Heather Mack, 19, of the United States holds her baby daughter in a cell as she await her verdict hearing on April 21, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. An Indonesian judge has sentenced Heather Mack to 10 years and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in jail after they were found guilty of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of a taxi outside a luxury Bali hotel in August 2014. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
Heather Mack of the US holds her baby inside a holding cell before attending court in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali on April 21, 2015. Mack was jailed for 10 years on April 21 for assisting in the brutal murder of her mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a luxury hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 21: Tommy Schaefer, 21, of the United States is escorted from the courtroom after his verdict hearing on April 21, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. An Indonesian judge has sentenced Tommy Schaefer to 18 years and his girlfriend Heather Mack to 10 years in jail after they were found guilty of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of a taxi outside a luxury Bali hotel in August 2014. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
Heather Mack of the US (R) looks on inside the court in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali on April 21, 2015. Mack was jailed for 10 years on April 21 for assisting in the brutal murder of her mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a luxury hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Tommy Schaefer of the US sits in the court room as he waits to hear the verdict in his murder trial in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on April 21, 2015. The 21-year-old Schaefer was jailed for 18 years on April 21 for brutally murdering his pregnant girlfriend's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase outside a luxury hotel last year on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - APRIL 21: Heather Mack,19, of the United States cries during her verdict hearing on April 21, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. An Indonesian judge has sentenced Heather Mack to 10 years and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in jail after they were found guilty of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of a taxi outside a luxury Bali hotel in August 2014. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
Tommy Schaefer of Chicago, Ill., cries during the verdict of his trial in Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. The Denpasar District Court sentenced Schaefer to 18 years in prison and his girlfriend Heather Mack to 10 years for intentionally killing Sheila von Wiese-Mack while vacationing last August. The body was found in a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali Resort. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Tommy Schaefer of the US (R) listens to the verdict in his murder trial, inside a court room in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on April 21, 2015. The 21-year-old Schaefer was jailed for 18 years on April 21 for brutally murdering his pregnant girlfriend's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase outside a luxury hotel last year on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack of the US holds her baby inside a holding cell before attending court in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali on April 21, 2015. Mack was jailed for 10 years on April 21 for assisting in the brutal murder of her mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a luxury hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack of the US holds her baby inside a holding cell before attending court in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali on April 21, 2015. Mack was jailed for 10 years on April 21 for assisting in the brutal murder of her mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a luxury hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack of Chicago, Ill., center, carries her baby daughter as she arrives at the Denpasar District Court before her verdict trial in Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Indonesian prosecutors want jail sentences of 18 years for her boyfriend Tommy Schaefe and 15 years for Mack if they are found guilty of murdering Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, whose badly beaten body was found in a suitcase in the trunk of a taxi outside an upscale hotel in August 2014 on the resort island of Bali. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Indonesian forensic police officers view evidence related to the death of an American woman at a police station in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack, 62, was found Tuesday stuffed inside a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of an upscale hotel in Bali's Nusa Dua area. Police have arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in relation to the death. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
This photo taken on August 12, 2014 shows foreign tourists walking past the St. Regis hotel in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. A US tourist's battered body has been found in a suitcase at the exclusive hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and her daughter and daughter's boyfriend have been arrested over the killing, police said on August 13, 2014. The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack was found on August 12 stuffed into a suitcase in the boot of a taxi in front of the five-star St. Regis hotel. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack of the US waits for her trial at a court in Denpasar on Bali island on April 14, 2015. Indonesian prosecutors recommended Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, spend 15 and 18 years respectively behind bars for the 'sadistic' murder of the woman's mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase on Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - MARCH 31: Heather Mack,19, of the US holds her baby in a cell before her sentence demand trial on March 31, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian prosecutors asked a court to sentence Heather Mack to 15 years and Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in jail. Tommy Schaefer and his girlfriend Heather Mack are accused of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of a taxi outside a luxury Bali hotel in August 2014. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
Heather Mack (2nd L), accused of the premeditated murder of her mother, and her co-accused and boyfriend Tommy Schaefer (R) of the US walk to a prison van in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali on February 18, 2015. The pregnant American teenager on trial in Indonesia for the murder of her mother, whose battered body was found stuffed in a suitcase, said on February 5 she is 'petrified' and insists on her innocence. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack of Chicago, Ill., sits in a cell before her first hearing trial in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer are accused of murdering Sheila von Wiese-Mack, her mother, who was found stuffed inside a suitcase last August. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - JANUARY 14: Tommy Schaefer of the US listens to his translator during his first hearing trial in a courtroom on January 14, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Tommy Schaefer and his girlfriend Heather Mack are accused of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of a taxi outside a luxury Bali hotel in August 2014. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
Heather Mack (C-up) with Tommy Schaefer (C-bottom) of the US get into a prisoner car at Kerobokan prison in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on January 28, 2015. Schaefer and his teenage girlfriend are on trial on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, charged with murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase outside an exclusive hotel in August 2014. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Tommy Schaefer of the US, accused of murder, waits inside a holding cell at a court in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on January 21, 2015. Schaefer and his teenage girlfriend are on trial on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, charged with murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase outside an exclusive hotel in August, 2014. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - JANUARY 14: American suspect Heather Mack waits in a cell before the first hearing of her trial on January 14, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Heather Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer are accused of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of a taxi outside a luxury Bali hotel in August 2014. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
Heather Mack of the US, on trial for being involved in her mother's murder, waits inside a holding cell at a court in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on January 21, 2015. Mack and her boyfriend are on trial on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, charged with the premeditated murder of Sheila von Wiese Mack, 62, whose body was found in a suitcase in the boot of a taxi in August, 2014. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack (L) of the US speaks with her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer (R) inside a holding cell at the procecutor's office in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on December 8, 2014. An American woman and her boyfriend accused of murdering the woman's mother at a luxury Bali hotel and stuffing her body into a suitcase will stand trial in January, an Indonesian prosecutor said on December 8. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack (L) of the US kisses her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer (R) inside a holding cell at the procecutor's office in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on December 8, 2014. An American woman and her boyfriend accused of murdering the woman's mother at a luxury Bali hotel and stuffing her body into a suitcase will stand trial in January, an Indonesian prosecutor said on December 8. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesian police officers escort Tommy Schaefer, center, covering his face, to a hospital for medical check Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The body of the 62-year-old American woman Sheila von Wiese-Mack was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter Heather Mack and her daughter's boyfriend Schaefer in relation to the death, police said. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Heather Mack, covering her face, is led to a hospital for a medical check by Indonesian police officers in relation to the death of her mother Sheila von Wiese-Mack in Bali, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The body of the 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in relation to the death, police said. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Heather Mack, covering her face, is led to a hospital for a medical check by Indonesian police officers in relation to the death of her mother Sheila von Wiese-Mack in Bali, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The body of the 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in relation to the death, police said. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Police escort suspect Tommy Schaffer (C), suspected in the murder of Sheila von Wiese Mack, while in custody at Bali police hospital in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on August 15, 2014. Sheila von Wiese Mack's daughter, Heather Mack and her boyfriend Schaffer were arrested over the killing, police said on August 13, after her mother was found in a suitcase at an exclusive Bali hotel the day before on August 12. The 62-year-old victim, who had been staying at the hotel with her 19-year-old daughter, was half naked, had several wounds to her head, and appeared to have put up a struggle, a doctor who examined the body said. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
A policeman (L) escorts Heather Mack (R), suspected in the murder of her mother Sheila von Wiese Mack, while in custody at a police station in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on August 14, 2014. Heather Mack and her boyfriend were arrested over the killing, police said on August 13, after her mother was found in a suitcase at an exclusive Bali hotel the day before. The 62-year-old victim, who had been staying at the hotel with her 19-year-old daughter, was half naked, had several wounds to her head, and appeared to have put up a struggle, a doctor who examined the body said. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack, suspected in the murder of her mother Sheila von Wiese Mack, gestures while in custody at a police station in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on August 14, 2014. Heather Mack and her boyfriend were arrested over the killing, police said on August 13, after her mother was found in a suitcase at an exclusive Bali hotel the day before. The 62-year-old victim, who had been staying at the hotel with her 19-year-old daughter, was half naked, had several wounds to her head, and appeared to have put up a struggle, a doctor who examined the body said. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Heather Mack, stands at the police district headquarters after she was brought in for questioning in relation to the death of her mother, in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, a 62-year-old American woman, was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in relation to the death, police said. The suitcase containing Mack's body was found Tuesday inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of the St. Regis Bali Resort in the island's upscale Nusa Dua area, said Col. Djoko Hari Utomo, the police chief in Bali's capital, Denpasar. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
An Indonesian police officer escorts Tommy Schaefer, left, as he is brought to the police station for questioning in relation to the death of his girlfriend's mother, in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The body of a 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Police arrested Schaefer and Heather Mack, the victim's daughter in relation to the death. Sheila von Wiese Mack's body was found Tuesday inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of an upscale hotel in Bali's Nusa Dua area. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
An Indonesian police officer escorts Tommy Schaefer, left, as he is brought to the police station for questioning in relation to the death of his girlfriend's mother, in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The body of a 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Police arrested Schaefer and Heather Mack, the victim's daughter in relation to the death. Sheila von Wiese Mack's body was found Tuesday inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of an upscale hotel in Bali's Nusa Dua area. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
A police officer escorts suspect Lois Heather, 19, (L) during an investigation at a police office in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on August 13, 2014, after an American tourist's battered body was found in a suitcase at an exclusive hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and her daughter, Heather, and daughter's boyfriend have been arrested over the killing, police said. The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack was found on August 12 stuffed into a suitcase in the boot of a taxi in front of the five-star St. Regis hotel in the upscale Nusa Dua resort area of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer escorts suspect Lois Heather, 19, (C) during an investigation at a police office in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on August 13, 2014, after an American tourist's battered body was found in a suitcase at an exclusive hotel on Indonesia's resort island of Bali and her daughter, Heather, and daughter's boyfriend have been arrested over the killing, police said. The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack was found on August 12 stuffed into a suitcase in the boot of a taxi in front of the five-star St. Regis hotel in the upscale Nusa Dua resort area of Bali. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
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BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- An American man has confessed that he killed his girlfriend's mother in a luxury hotel on Indonesia's Bali island, and the girlfriend has acknowledged helping him stuff the body into a suitcase, police said Friday.

Heather Mack, 19, and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, both from Chicago, were arrested in Bali on Aug. 13, a day after the body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack was found in a suitcase inside 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 told The Associated Press. "He was hurt and offended by the victim's words in an argument with him. That is the motive for the murder."

He said Mack, who is three months' pregnant, admitted in a separate interrogation that she helped Schaefer stuff her mother's body into a suitcase.

Utomo said Schaefer and Mack were accompanied by their Indonesian and U.S. lawyers during the interrogations.

Attempts to reach the Indonesian lawyers were not immediately successful.

The couple has yet to be formally charged. Utomo said officers hoped to complete their investigation and file their case with prosecutors before the couple's detention period ends in mid-October.

Police say they have interviewed dozens of witnesses, including the taxi driver and hotel employees, and some had reported an argument among the three over who should pay for the rooms. Security camera video showed the victim having an argument with Schaefer in the hotel lobby.

Police have said the couple hired the taxi and placed the suitcase inside the trunk. They then told the taxi driver that they were going to check out of the hotel and would return. After they didn't show up, hotel security guards who found blood on the suitcase suggested that the driver take the taxi to the police station, where officers opened the suitcase and discovered the body.

Von Wiese-Mack was the widow of highly regarded jazz and classical composer James L. Mack, who died in 2006 at age 76.

Von Wiese-Mack was a member of a century-old Chicago book club called the Caxton Club. She had varied interests including Asian literature and Wagnerian opera, according to a May 2013 profile of her in the club's publication, Caxtonian.

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