BALI, INDONESIA — A bloody suitcase is key evidence in a brutal murder.
Police say the badly beaten body of wealthy Chicago socialite Shelia Von Weise Mack was found stuffed in the bloody suitcase. It was left in a taxi cab’s trunk outside the upscale St. Regis Bali Resort.
Now police are questioning Mack’s teen daughter and the girl’s boyfriend about the killing.
19-year-old Heather Mack and 21-year-old Tommy Schaefer claim they escaped a group of gang members who killed Mack.
But a taxi driver is telling a different story.
He said Mack and Schaefer placed the suitcase in the trunk, then went back into their hotel and never returned.
Noticing blood on the suitcase, the cabbie turned it in to police who discovered its murderous contents.
Hotel security cameras captured Schaefer arguing with the victim a day earlier.
Neighbors back in Illinois say the mother and daughter had a strained relationship with several domestic violence calls to cops over the years.
“She has a lot of friends, a lot of people who knew her here, and I think this is going to be a real shock,” one neighbor said. “Everybody was hoping that with the move her life would get better.”
Now it looks like paradise could soon turn into prison for these two vacationers.