In an romantic stage this week, Heather Mack, who was convicted of murdering her mom in 2014 and stuffing her physique in a suitcase, handed over her 2-year-old daughter to a proxy caretaker until she serves a residue of her judgment during Indonesia’s Kerobokan Prison.
Mack has been behind bars for a gruesome murdering given 2014 yet was authorised to take caring of her daughter, Stella, until she incited 2 years aged on Friday.
The caretaker — an Australian-Balinese lady named Oshar Putu Melody Suartama, who befriended Mack shortly after she was arrested — has concluded to caring for Stella until 2025, when Mack is scheduled for release.
“For 9 months and dual years, we have desired and cared for my baby in a strangest of situations,” Mack told PEOPLE shortly after handing over her daughter.
“Stella never dreamed of being innate into a life here with me during Kerobokan Prison,” Mack said. “But for us, it has been a pleasing dual years. We arise adult together, and we reason each other when we fall asleep. She is all to me.”
Here are 5 things to know about her case:
1. Mack Helped Kill Socialite Mom — and Then Stuffed Her Body in Suitcase
Mack and her then-boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 23, were convicted of murder in a 2014 bludgeoning genocide of Mack’s mother, 62-year-old Chicago socialite Sheila von Wiese-Mack, during an upscale hotel in Bali, Indonesia.
Mack, 21, had a vigourous attribute with her mother, and a murdering took place during a infamous early morning argument.
At a couple’s trial, Schaefer confessed to a killing and certified to attack von Weise-Mack regularly with a steel fruit bowl.
He claimed that when von Weise-Mack found out Mack was pregnant, she became really indignant and threatened to kill a couple’s unborn baby — and tried to suppress him for scarcely 30 seconds.
Mack has confirmed she is trusting of a intentional murder assign for that she was convicted. Her invulnerability profession argued during hearing that when the quarrel incited violent, Mack hid in a hotel suite’s bathroom.
After a slaying, a integrate pressed von Weise-Mack’s physique in a container and, hours later, they placed a suitcase in a case of a cab before journey a hotel. The motorist told military after he speckled blood leaking from a luggage.
The Chicago integrate faced probable execution by banishment squad, yet Mack was condemned to 10 years in jail and Schaefer was condemned to 18 years.
2. Mack Described Relationship with Mom as ‘Complicated’
According to disdainful interviews with Mack and a family friend, she and her mom were caught in a dysfunctional, habituated attribute from that conjunction could mangle free.
“She never wanted to be distant from me, and nonetheless she also hated all about me,” Mack told PEOPLE in a 2015 jailhouse interview. “It was complicated.”
A family crony added, “It was like they were sealed in an inevitable pattern, a gridlock. It’s such a unhappy story. It was like a disaster watchful to happen.”
Mack pronounced her attribute with her mom fast deteriorated after a 2006 genocide of her father, a eminent musician and composer James Mack, who left behind a $1.5 million trust for his daughter.
Still, Mack said, “There was a lot of good in a relationship. we don’t know if we would report us as friends, yet we were close.”
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According to Mack and a family friend, mom and daughter also connected over shoplifting costly French cosmetics that von Weise-Mack favourite yet never wanted to compensate for – notwithstanding carrying copiousness of money.
“We’d take thousands and thousands of dollars value of makeup,” Mack said. “She’d tell me that nobody would design a child to do that and have me take it while she dreaming a clerk. … we wanted to make her happy, so I’d only do it.”
3. Mack’s Daughter Lived With Her in Prison for 2 Years
Under Indonesia law, Stella was authorised to live with Mack behind bars until she incited 2 years aged on Friday, during that indicate she had to leave a prison.
In her 2015 jailhouse talk with PEOPLE, Mack pronounced caring for her daughter had profoundly altered her.
“She is everything. She has taught me what adore is,” she said.
“She has given me a reason to wish to live,” Mack pronounced of Stella. “She’s given me a purpose any morning when we arise up. When Stella is awake, a days are good — we can’t have a breakdown. But during night when she’s asleep, it gets tough.”
Even yet Mack has organised for Suartama to caring for her daughter, Schaefer’s mother, Kia Walker, had petitioned an Illinois court to be Stella’s authorised guardian.
Walker told PEOPLE, “My granddaughter deserves to be in a amatory sourroundings where she can know her grandmother and have a attribute with other family members.”
But on Tuesday, a decider denied Walker’s request, statute that even yet Stella is an American citizen, a justice had no office over a child innate in Indonesia.
4. Suartama Befriended Mack during Police Station While Translating for Visitors
Suartama is married to a Balinese male and has dual immature sons. She met Mack shortly after Mack’s arrest, when she was during a Bali military hire translating for visitors who didn’t pronounce Indonesian.
She speckled a profound Mack sleeping on a building and shortly began bringing her food and prenatal vitamins and profitable for her medical care.
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“More than dual years ago, we non-stop adult my heart to Heather and Stella — and currently we open adult a home to Stella, who we will adore as my own,” Suartama told PEOPLE this week, not prolonged after she finished a hour-long expostulate from a jail to her family’s home.
“This isn’t goodbye,” she said. “Stella and her mom will continue their changed bond for a years to come.”
Mack and Stella will have unchanging weekly visits at Kerobokan Prison.
5. Handoff Was ‘a Very Emotional Situation’
Stella was given over to Suartama at Kerobokan, surrounded by reporters and photographers. Since it was her 2nd birthday, she perceived cake and gifts.
Mack was in tears for most of a gathering, clutching Stella until a final probable impulse before handing her off.
“It was a really romantic situation,” Mack’s Bali-based profession Benjamin Seran told PEOPLE. “There were lots of tears. But Stella looked happy. She was starting to see a life she’d never seen before from inside a prison. ”
Mack’s United States-based attorney, Brian Claypool, told PEOPLE that “Heather is heartbroken” after a handoff.
“But she’s grateful for Oshar, who has been concerned in each proviso of Stella’s life.”