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Friday, June 22, 2018

After Killing Her Mother for Her Inheritance, Heather Mack Settles Claim

BaliHeather Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer were convicted of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, for her $1.6 million inheritance in Bali in 2014, infamously stuffing the body into a suitcase. While incarcerated in a notorious Indonesian prison, Mack has been fighting with the executor of her mother's estate, claiming that she was her mother's only beneficiary.

William Wiese, as exeuctor of Wiese-Mack's estate as well as the deceased's brother, has refused to pay out the inheritance to the convicted murderer, citing the Illinois slayer statute which states if you're involved in a murder and you're a beneficiary of a trust of the person you murdered, you lose all rights as a beneficiary.

The two have now reached an agreement and Heather Mack will not receive "any property, benefit, or other interest" from her mother's estate. Instead, the sole beneficiary of the remainder of Wiese-Mack's estate will go to Mack's three year old daughter Stella, who was born inside of the Indonesian prison in 2015.

Other details of the agreement were left confidential.

See Hannah Parry, Heather Mack Settles Claims for Mother's Estate Four Years After Killing Her With Her Boyfriend - and All the Money Left Will go to Her Daughter Stella, 3, Daily Mail UK, June 21, 2018.


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Stella should get the money and her mother should stay in jail until she realizes what she did

Posted by: Regina Mmhol Holman | Jun 6, 2024 1:16:02 PM

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