Bali murder suspect placed in solitary confinement
The pregnant ‘body-in-suitcase’ murder suspect Heather Mack told her lawyer ‘I don’t know how long I can take this’ as it emerged she was put in solitary confinement in an Indonesian jail, her lawyer said on Monday.
The 19-year-old’s Chicago attorney told MailOnline he spoke to Mack for the first time in several days shortly after midnight today.
‘She has gotten worse in terms of her emotional and mental state,’ he said. ‘On the one hand, the fact she is now in isolation with a female guard is healthy, but on the other she is very scared by what is going on.
‘She is emotionally and mentally drained, and told me, “I don’t know how long I can take this”‘. I would like to be there because she needs a friendly face, somebody she can trust.’
Heather and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, were arrested in Bali on August 12 for the murder of her mother, wealthy widow Sheila von Wiese Mack, 62.
The butchered, half-naked body was discovered inside a suitcase that Heather and Schaefer had allegedly taken from the luxury St. Regis hotel down to a taxi, saying they would return.
After two hours, the driver began to get suspicious when blood started to seep from the case and he went to the police station where the grisly discovery was made.
The young lovers, who both come from the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, were arrested, asleep in each other’s arms in a hotel near the Bali international airport, after allegedly attempting to get hotel staff to open her mother’s safe deposit box so they could retrieve their passports.
Heather is two months pregnant with what is believed to be Schaefer’s child. Indonesian authorities say if she is convicted, the child could grow up in prison with her mother.
Elkin said he has appointed a local Indonesian attorney to take the case and has aides on the island doing investigative work to help in her defence. Neither Heather nor Schaefer have yet been charged.