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“Suitcase killer” Heather Mack walked free from a Bali prison Friday after being released early from her 10-year sentence for helping murder her socialite mother.

The Chicago native, who was 18 and pregnant when she helped her boyfriend stuff her dead mom’s body in a suitcase in 2014, was released for good behavior after serving just seven of the 10-year term.

Mack's early release was for good behavior, including going to church, organizing fashion shows and teaching other inmates to dance.
Mack’s early release was for good behavior, including going to church, organizing fashion shows and teaching other inmates to dance.
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Wearing a mask, sunglasses and an immigration deportee’s orange vest, Mack had to be escorted through a crush of reporters outside the Kerobokan Female Prison in Denpasa on Friday.

“Oh my God… you’re insane!” she said from behind the car’s window, while also saying “Thank you, Indonesia” in the local language.

Mack — who in August told The Post she was “fearful and nervous of returning to Chicago” — was “a bit shocked and emotional” when it came time for her to be released, said the official in charge of female inmates.

“She hesitated and was scared, but we cheered her up and reassured her that everything would be all right,” said the official, Lili, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

“Suitcase killer” Heather Mack walked free from a Bali prison Friday after being released early from her 10-year sentence for helping murder her socialite mother.
“Suitcase killer” Heather Mack walked free from a Bali prison Friday after being released early from her 10-year sentence for helping murder her socialite mother.
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Her early release was for good behavior, including going to church, organizing fashion shows and teaching other inmates to dance, Lili said.

“Heather used to say that prison has changed her life a lot, she loves Indonesia and the people who have surrounded her all these years,” Lili said. “She will miss us so much and so do we here.”

Mack will have to stay for a few days at the Immigration Detention Center while waiting for flight tickets and travel documents, local officials said.

Bali is also arranging to repatriate Mack’s daughter, Stella Schaefer, who was born while she was in custody and who has not seen her mother for about 20 months because prison visits were halted during the pandemic.

Mack’s attorney, Yulius Benyamin Seran, said earlier that the young mom had asked for the girl to remain with her foster family to avoid media attention.

But the head of Bali’s immigration office told The Associated Press that “minors must be accompanied by their mothers when their mothers are deported.”

Schaefer had bludgeoned Wiese-Mack to death with a metal fruit bowl. He and Mack then stuffed her body into a suitcase.
Schaefer had bludgeoned Wiese-Mack to death with a metal fruit bowl. He and Mack then stuffed her body into a suitcase.
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“There is no policy that allows a mother to leave her underage child here,” he said.

Mack and her then-boyfriend Tommy Schaefer were convicted by an Indonesian court in the cold-blooded murder of her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, in August 2014.

Schaefer had bludgeoned Wiese-Mack to death with a metal fruit bowl. He and Mack then stuffed her body into a suitcase.

She was arrested a day after the 62-year-old’s body was discovered in the trunk of a taxi parked near the five-star St. Regis Resort in Bali.

Both were found guilty of first-degree murder and locked up in Kerobokan prison, with Schaefer sentenced to 18 years.

With Post wires

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