'Suitcase killer' Heather Mack who murdered her millionaire mom to be released, will not be returning to the US over safety fears
An American woman who is serving time in Bali, Indonesia for murdering her mother, stuffing her corpse into a suitcase, does not want to go back to the United States, according to reports.
The woman, 23-year-old Heather Mach, who could soon be freed from the notorious Indonesian prison said that she would want to continue to live in the country after being released.
Mack, while speaking to Daily Mail TV from inside Kerobokan Prison in Bali, said that she does not ever want to return home to Chicago with her four-year-old daughter.
She also told the outlet that she could be a free woman in just 18 months time on account of good behavior.
The 23-year-old is currently serving a 10-year sentence for murdering her millionaire mother Sheila von Wiese-Mack with her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer in August 2014 in a plot to get her inheritance.
Mack, who has been in the prison for the past five years, also revealed that Schaefer, 27, who bludgeoned her mother to death on the paradise island, has now found God. He is currently serving an 18-year prison sentence in Bali.
"I might get deported (back to America) on release but if that happens I hope it will only be for a maximum of six months. I'll return as quickly as I can," Mack said. "I can be out in 18 months because of parole and good behavior. I feel like I'm more Indonesian than American now."
"I even speak the language much more than I do English. I hardly ever speak English in jail, only if someone needs translating help or I get a visitor. I never want to go back home to Chicago," she told the outlet.
Reports state that Mack's daughter is currently being cared for by a local Balinese Australian woman, Oshar Suartama, who became friends with Mack during the murder trial five years ago. Suartama reportedly lives nearby and brings Stella to visit her mother in the prison weekly.
"My daughter is more Indonesian than American. She has a good life here," Mack said. "The people are nicer and it's better and safer than back home. Back there, I was getting in with a bad crowd. It's violent, there are guns, drugs. To be honest, I'm glad not to be there. It's actually better and safer here in prison."
The 23-year-old who reportedly shares a cramped cell with 21 other women said that they all share a sense of community and have each other's back.
"It sounds horrendous and it is cramped. But everyone looks after each other, no one goes hungry," she explained.
"They all helped me raise Stella until she was two-years-old and I wasn't allowed to look after her in jail anymore. It's hard not having her with me, my Oshar is being a great second mom. She brings her into the jail once a week which I look forward to all the time. And Tommy sees her once a month, too. He's in the men's jail next door."
Mack and Schaefer reportedly killed her mother at a five-star Bali hotel and stuffed her body into a suitcase.
The couple was caught as they were attempting to flee and a taxi driver noticed blood dripping out of the suitcase.
The couple claimed that 62-year-old Sheila became violent after Mack told her she was pregnant and Schaefer lashed out to defend himself.
Mack claimed that she was in the bathroom hiding when the incident occurred. She was handed a 10-year prison term for helping her boyfriend.