Composer’s daughter is jailed for mother’s murder

Composer’s daughter is jailed for mother’s murder


norman lebrecht

April 21, 2015

Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer, of the Chicago area, were sentenced today in Bali for the murder of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found in an abandoned suitcase in August last year.

Schaefer, 21, got 18 years. Heather Mack, 19, went down for 10.

The victim, Sheila von Wiese Mack, 62, was the widow of James Mack, a prolific Chicago composer and conductor. She was previously an aide to Senator Ted Kennedy.

Read Reuters’ trial report here.

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  • Doug says:

    The Kennedy connection is interesting. Maybe they should have just driven her car off the end of a bridge and left her there like Teddy did with Mary Jo. Perhaps they would have walked away Scot-free like he did…

  • Geoff Radnor: says:

    Such a cheap shot.

  • justice for sheila says:

    I knew Sheila, her husband and her daughter for many years.
    Anyone who knew Sheila, knows how much she suffered under this evil and brutal daughter-it is so very sad and tragic, as she loved Heather more than anyone.
    The leniency of the sentence does not fit the crime and is very disappointing for Sheila’s family and friends. Her enthusiasm and contributions to the fine arts and literature in Chicago will be always remembered. May Sheila’s love and beautiful spirit be a blessing-she surely is missed by many.