FBI arrests Heather Mack at Chicago airport, custody battle continues for 6-year-old daughter Stella
As the future of Heather Mack’s six-year-old daughter, Stella, hangs in the balance, the Chicago socialite mother of Mack’s murdered, Sheila von Weiss-Mac’s longtime friend, tells Granthshala News Digital that she never believed Heather. Mac wanted to be a mom herself and was using the girl as a “meal ticket”.
“Ever since this tragedy happened, I’ve always felt that Heather Mack had no interest in becoming a mother, even though she posed for photo-ops,” Elliot Jacobson, a close friend of Von Weiss-Mac, told 2014 I gave a eulogy. funeral, told Granthshala News Digital when reached by phone on Wednesday. “What I really felt is that he used his daughter, Stella, as a food stamp for the remains of Sheila’s estate because a civil court judge in Chicago ruled that Stella, in our view, Be the sole beneficiary of what is left but of course she is 6 years old.”
The FBI arrested Mack, who is now 26, at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday morning.
Assistant District Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Joseph D. Fitzpatrick told Granthshala News Digital that he was not immediately aware of Stella, who was believed to be traveling with Mack and Osher Putu Melody Suartama, an Australian woman married to a Balinese man. . who has acted as Stella’s foster mother for the past five years while Mack was still imprisoned in Indonesia.
FBI arrests ‘suitcase killer’ Heather Mack at Chicago airport after returning from Bali
“The best-case scenario for Stella is to get her out of Heather Mack’s custody and find a suitable couple to adopt whoever takes the girl,” Jacobson said. “It would be much better if she was much younger, because now she has the memory of the past few years and will eventually find out – when I don’t know – the story behind her birth. There really isn’t a great way to come into the world.” I think the best thing that can happen is that the authorities take Stella out of Heather’s custody, find a suitable organization to plan for her possible adoption, possibly even assuming the couple in Indonesia who were taking care of Stella for the last four or five years.”
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Mack and her ex-boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, now 28, were indicted on Wednesday with one count of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, one count of conspiracy to commit foreign murder of a US citizen, and one count of obstruction. Mack will appear in his preliminary courtroom in Illinois on Wednesday as Schaefer is imprisoned in Indonesia.
Mack and Schaefer were tried and convicted in 2015 for the murder of Von Weiss inside a hotel room at the St. Regis Bali Resort in Indonesia, as the two allegedly killed her inside a room, leaving her body behind. Stuffed in a suitcase and loaded the goods into the truck. Taxi Cab. Mack was sentenced to 10 years and Schaefer was sentenced to 18 years of imprisonment. Serving just seven years because of his good behaviour, Mack was released on October 29, and deported to the United States. Schaefer is imprisoned by Indonesian authorities.
The Chicago Tribune previously reported that a settlement was reached in 2018 in which Heather Mack relinquished any rights to Sheila von Wisse-Mack’s estate, making Stella the sole beneficiary.
One of Mack’s US-based attorneys, Brian Claypool, previously told Granthshala News Digital that he was fighting to get custody of Stella’s foster mother in Australia when Mack was arrested. They attended an emergency custody hearing on Tuesday, as Kia Walker, who is Schaefer’s mother, and therefore Stella’s nanny, also joined the girl’s fight upon her return to the US.
It is unclear whether Stella was taken into Child Protective Services custody.
“I don’t know Kia Walker except that she made a pitch to have Stella taken into custody,” Jacobson said. “I’m not sure it’s in Stella’s best interest either. I don’t know her well and I don’t know her background, but there’s always a sense that she’s taking on this responsibility to access the property. That’s left to Stella. And whether it’s true or not, I don’t know. I don’t have evidence for it. But it makes the assumption that this is the case. I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
According to the federal indictment, Schaefer allegedly exchanged text messages with his cousin, Robert Bibbs, about various ways to kill Von Weiss. Prosecutors say Mack and Schaefer also exchanged messages in which they discussed how and when to kill Von Weiss. In 2016, Bibbs pleaded guilty to helping plan the murder in exchange for $50,000 that Mack was expected to inherit and is serving a nine-year prison sentence in Michigan. Mack wanted to use a $1.5 million trust fund established after the 2006 death of his father, famed jazz arranger conductor James L.
Jacobson met Sheila von Weiss-Mac in 1983 after coming to Illinois to manage a political campaign. Jacobson, a longtime friend of her and her late husband, was tasked with praising Sheila during a memorial service at St. Chrysostom Episcopal Church in Chicago on September 27, 2014.
As a prominent Chicago socialite, von Weiss-Mac has known and befriended Jackie Kennedy, Sen. Ted Kennedy, and famed Chicago author Louis “Studds” Terkel, among other novelists, artists, and political figures, a copy of their eulogy. As provided by Granthshala News to Digital.
“Yet Sheila was not a name dropper,” Jacobsen recalled in praise. “To be admitted into Sheila’s ever-increasing circle, one only had to extend one’s hand, receive her, and understand, feel and act on the principle that friendship is the mutual, unconscious, unconditional relationship of people to one another. There was acceptance. When you were friends with Sheila, infinitely more often than not, it was a friendship that had legs to go far.”