Female Killers Podcast

Suitcase Killer: Heather Mack

June 07, 2019 Season 1 Episode 13
Female Killers Podcast
Suitcase Killer: Heather Mack
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Female Killers Podcast
Suitcase Killer: Heather Mack
Jun 07, 2019 Season 1 Episode 13
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Heather Mack stuffed her mother's body in a suitcase hoping to inherit her money
Show Notes Transcript

A tragic death of a loved one is traumatic for the people they leave behind.  But enough to cause a daughter to viciously abuse her mother and later kill her? This is what Heather Mack did alongside her boyfriend. What’s worse they stuffed her mother’s body in a suitcase hoping to inherit her money. 

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a tragic death of a loved one is traumatic for the people they leave behind, but is it enough to cause the daughter to viciously abused her mother and later killer? This is what Heather back did alongside her boyfriend. What's worse is that they stuffed her mother's body in a suitcase hoping to later inherit her money. Father's day is quickly approaching, so why not make the fathers in your life a photo book of your favorite photos or a cookbook that you can use for the next barbecue when they're grilling? Go to go dot female killer [inaudible] dot com slash blurb and you'll also get 35% on your first book. Heather Mack was born to famous composer James Mac and Sheila on why smack the family was picture perfect until James Mack died on August six 2006 in Athens, Greece. After his death, the tension between mother and daughter started to rise
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The police were constantly at the Mac House due to issues between Sheila and Heather. Sheila's siblings said in an interview that Heather would be physically and mentally abusive towards her mom. Sheila's friend Elliot Jacobson would also provide the Chicago Tribune over 150 emails from Sheila that showed a history of the toxic relationship with Heather. In the emails Sheila described fearing for her safety. Some of the accusations are that Heather locked her mother in closet was physically abusive and still thousands of dollars from her. It has even said in the police reports that Heather once punched her mother in her broken ankle also that she broke her mother's arm. Even with this behavior, Sheila did not want to press charges or admit her daughter. In a mental health institution. It is typical of someone who is suffering abuse in the hands of a loved one. Heather's behavior continued getting worse and she also started skipping school, posting nude pictures of herself and cursing other adults like her teachers. Sheila decided to go with Heather to Bali to try and mend the broken relationship between the two things go sour. When Tommy Schaffer, Heather's boyfriend appears and Sheila find south that Heather brought him to Bali with her credit card without knowing hotel guests. Later we'll tell police that they had seen the mother, daughter and the boyfriend arguing in the lobby.
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Heather Mac and Tommy Schaffer killed. She live on why smack in the hotel room. They stuffed her body into suitcases in place it in the trunk of a taxi outside of the Saint Regis hotel that they were staying at. When the suitcase was found and opened up, Sheila's body was discovered. The police quickly arrested Heather and Tommy who moved hotels and we're staying at one nearby. At first, the couple insisted that again came into the room and killed Sheila while they escaped, but the police saw right through them.
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In August, 2014 Heather Mac and Tommy Schaefer were found guilty of murdering her mother. Sheila. Heather got 10 years in prison and Tommy got 18 years. A cousin of Tommy Shaffer is was also arrested due to charges that he conspired with Heather and Tommy to kill Sheila. He pled guilty and received nine years even with the cousins arrest and released text messages before the trip showing the two plotting Sheila's murder in calling themselves Bonnie and Clyde. Heather and Tommy insist that it was self defense with Tommy's saying that Sheila was trying to strangle him and he was trying to protect himself.
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They are now in jail and Heather Max seems to be having a fun time while in there. Tommy even accused her that she spends all of her money on drinks and drugs and she's having sex with other female inmates while the baby is next to her. Oh, did I forget to mention Heather was pregnant when she got arrested and that was one of the reasons that they said that they were trying to protect themselves because Sheila was trying to stab her. Heather seems to have access to have mobile phone where she shares pictures and even post videos on youtube. There are pictures and videos of her laughing and dancing around with inmates. In one youtube video, she confesses that she killed her mother alone in Tommy was helping her cover up the crime. This was different than her statement when she was arrested that Tommy killed her mom and she was the one who was helping him cover it up. Later, Mac and her lawyer would release a statement saying that the Youtube Confession was alive and it was due to Schaefer pressuring her and letters that he wrote
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in 2018 the dispute with Heather Mac inheriting her parents, 1.5 $6 million was finally resolved. Money had been used to fun Max defense attorneys. This was approved by a court in the U s Heather tried getting access to more money than that, but another judge projected the request due to all the court battles. The inheritance is now half of what it was. The decision was finally made in 2018 that Heather's now three year old daughter Stella would be the one to inherit. Heather's daughter remained in prison with her until she was two years old, which is an Indonesian custom. Stella is now being raised by a local Indonesian family and to Heather is released. Sheila, Vaughn, wise, Max brother who was the trustee said quote, my goal from day one was to resolve this case and save as much money as possible for Stella. While I wish it could have been sooner, I'm glad it is finally resolved unquote.
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Well, what did you think? I have to admit that this case really upset me when I first heard about this case, I couldn't believe that Heather only got 10 years. You like Gypsy rose killed her mother, but I, you know, her mother was basically slowly killing her and was very abusive towards her. On the flip side, this girl was the one being physically abusive towards her mom's stealing her mother's mother money and then to sit there and only get 10 years. And what's even worse is that in prison she's drinking, partying and doing all the things that she shouldn't be doing. So as you can tell from the passion in my voice, this angered me and also the fact that she's now getting out of jail. I really do hope that the inheritance that her daughter got, I hope that there is something in there that you know she inherits when she's 30 or something because I could just see this girl just basically using her daughter in order to get the money and she really doesn't deserve anything so you know, this is how I feel and I would love to know how you feel.
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