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Convicted Bali Murderers May Have Been Focus of Federal Probe: Documents



    Convicted Bali Murderers May Have Been Focus of Federal Probe: Documents
    Heather Mack of the US waits in a cell before her first hearing 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)

    A young Chicago couple serving prison time in Bali for murder appear to have been the focus of a Federal investigation, according to a recently unsealed subpoena in which US law enforcement officials requested access to search an iPhone and MacBook computer for evidence.

    While it is unclear where the investigation currently stands, the court document, filed last October, highlights several messages exchanged between Heather Mack’s Facebook account and Tommy Schaefer’s Facebook account in the weeks and months before Mack’s mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, was found badly beaten and stuffed inside a suitcase at a posh Bali resort in August, 2014.

    In the unsealed document, the FBI concluded there was probable cause to believe a foreign murder of a U.S. national had been committed and evidence in the form of emails sent by von Wiese-Mack to friends and family, communications between Mack and Schaefer and information related to the victim’s murder were likely to have been stored within the devices.

    According to the application for a search warrant, Facebook provided the FBI information showing a message riddled with typos was sent on May 26, 2014, from the Mack Facebook account to the Schaefer Facebook account stating:

    Can you not tell people i asked you to kill my mom. Cause I was so *&!$%# up tommy and I really didn’t mean it. Ive been regretting ever saying that so much and ive paid for it, shes almpst died like 5 times and ive been so petrified and scared

    Also in the court document, Schaefer and Mack communicated via Facebook messages about von Wiese-Mack’s apparent refusal to provide Mack with money to which Mack believed she was entitled. A July 25, 2014, message sent from the Schaefer Facebook account to the Mack Facebook account stated:

    #$&! Your mom just take your money take that b*#$! to court and leave her on the street with 30%.

    Spokespersons from the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago declined to comment to NBC 5 Investigates.

    The mother and daughter were vacationing in Bali when Schaefer arrived toward the end of their scheduled trip. Witnesses observed Mack arguing with her mother in the hotel lobby in the early hours of August 12, 2014. Von Wiese-Mack’s body was discovered several hours later in a suitcase in the trunk of a taxi at the resort.

    According to the subpoena, Mack made a phone call to the front desk of her condominium building in Chicago later that evening and asked the doorman whether anyone “weird” had come to the apartment building and stating words to the effect of “we were kidnapped, but we escaped”.

    Mack, 19, was convicted of murder earlier this year in an Indonesian criminal court. Schaefer, 22, was convicted of von Wiese-Mack’s murder in a separate Indonesian court proceeding.

    Mack gave birth to a baby girl, Stella, shortly before she was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison. Schaefer is the baby’s father. He is serving an eighteen year prison sentence. Mack is allowed under Indonesian law to raise her daughter in prison until the child turns two years old.

    Attorneys representing Mack and Schaefer also could not be reached for comment.

    Mack is involved in a court battle with her uncle, William Wiese, over access to a trust fund. The next court appearance for lawyers in the case is scheduled for October. However, they have agreed to meet with a mediator in an attempt to reach an agreement.

    Complete Coverage: Bali Suitcase Murder

    04/21/15: Couple Found Guilty 

    04/14/15: Lawyers Seek Leniency for  Couple

    04/09/15: Prosecutors Insist Murder Was Planned

    03/31/15: Prosecutors Seek 18-Year Sentences

    03/27/15: Baby Stella Sick With Jaundice

    03/25/15: Baby Stella Rushed to Hospital: Report

    03/20/15: Mack "Ecstatic" to be a Mom, Lawyer Says

    03/19/15: Emails Show Concern Months Before Bali Slaying

    03/18/15: Mack's Baby Could Stay Behind Bars

    03/17/15: Heather Mack Gives Birth

    03/12/15: Schaefer Says von Wiese-Mack Attacked Him, Threatened Baby

    03/11/15: Mack Says Schaefer Killed Her Mother

    02/27/15: Teen Charged in Bali Murder is Suicidal, Attorney Says

    02/26/15: Bell Boy, Police Testify in Tommy Schaefer Trial

    02/06/15: Heather Mack Hospitalized

    02/04/15: Heather Mack: "I Loved My Mom"

    02/02/15: Trial of Chicago Couple Charged in Bali Murder Ordered to Proceed

    01/20/15: Judge Approves Release of $150K From Trust Fund

    01/16/15: Murder Suspect Sues Slain Mother's Estate to Pay For Defense

    01/14/15: Bali Suitcase Murder Trial Begins in Indonesia

    10/03/14: Suspect in Bali Suitcase Murder Says Slur Sparked Anger

    09/23/14: Lawyer: Unborn Child of Bali Murder Suspect is "Well-Formed"

    09/22/14: Lawyer Refutes Reports That Bali Murder Suspect Confessed

    09/19/14: Chicago Suspect Confesses in Bali Killing, Police Say

    08/27/14: Mother of Bali Murder Suspect Raises Money for Legal Defense

    08/26/14: Will of Chicago Woman Killed in Bali Filed in Court

    08/21/14: Police Say Disagreement Preceded Bali Suitcase Death

    08/20/14: Report: Chicago Woman Slain in Bali Received Over $800K

    08/20/14: Attorney: Couple Held in Bali Death Under Suicide Watch

    08/19/14: Police Reports Show History of Oak Park Teen Attacking Mom

    08/18/14: Pregnant Bali Murder Suspect Alleges Sexual Assault in Jail

    08/18/14: Body of Mom Slain in Bali En Route to U.S.

    08/16/14: Autopsy: Chicago Woman Killed in Bali Was Hit by "Blunt Object"

    08/16/14: Bali Murder Suspects Refuse to Cooperate, Police Say

    08/15/14: Teen Charged in Bali Murder May Be Pregnant

    08/15/14: Daughter, Boyfriend Charged With Murder in Bali Suitcase Killing

    08/14/14: Pair Held in Suitcase Death Have Had Psychiatric Examinations

    08/14/14: Bali Murder Suspect Hires Chicago Attorney

    08/13/14: Bali Murder Suspects Refuse to Cooperate: Police

    08/13/14: Chicago Tourist Killed, Stuffed in Suitcase in Indonesia

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