Tommy Schaefer: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Tommy Schaefer has been arrested in Bali, charged with the murder of his girlfriend’s mother. According to the Jakarta Globe, Schaefer, 21, along with his girlfriend Heather von Wiese Mack, 19, are accused of beating Sheila von Wiese Mack to death on August 12 and stuffing her body in a suitcase.

A source told, that Tommy Schaefer is “no monster, he is a messed up kid.”

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Hotel Surveillance Video Showed Schaefer Arguing With Sheila von Wiese Mack

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Tommy Schaffer being taken into police custody in Indonesia. (Getty)

Heather von Wiese Mack and her mother had been on vacation at the St. Regis resort in Bali for several days before they were joined by Schaefer on August 11. That night, surveillance video from the hotel shows Schaefer and Sheila von Wiese Mack arguing in a hallway. Schaefer had checked into a different room.

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The following day, Schaefer and Heather von Wiese Mack checked out of the hotel. They loaded their suitcases into a cab and told the driver to wait. Resort staff had asked Schaefer and girlfriend to remain in the lobby while they located Sheila von Wiese. The couple instead sneaked out of the hotel through the beach entrance. They were arrested on the morning of August 13 while they slept at a hotel a few miles away. Both are now in custody with police attempting to uncover whether this was premeditated murder or a spontaneous act.

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Heather von Wiese Mack. (Getty)

2. Schaefer Just ‘Lost the Love of His Life’

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This Facebook profile pic was uploaded on April 12. (Facebook)

On his Facebook page, Schaefer’s profile photo shows him with a girl who is not Heather von Wiese Mack. Earlier posts indicate that the girl died.

A source told that the girl is named Rachel Smylie and that she was killed in car accident in Cape Town, South Africa in April 2014. She was a volunteer at an Aids clinic in Ann Arbor and was in Africa furthering her education in Aids treatment. The same source said that Rachel was “a lovely, bright girl from a highly respected and affluent family in Oak Park.”

3. He Said He Might Never Return From Bali

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On July 4, Schaefer posted on Facebook that he was leaving for Indonesia on August 4, cryptically adding that he might never come back. Then, on August 10, he posted on his page that his next destination was China. His last post on social media was a tribute to actor Robin Williams on August 12.

Sheila Von Wiese Mack: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Sheila Von Wiese Mack was murdered in Bali. Her daughter, Heather Mack, and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, have been charged in the crime.

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4. Schaefer Was Arrested at a Chicago Hotel in July 2014

CBS Chicago reports that in July 2014, Schaefer was arrested along with his girlfriend at the Conrad Hotel in Chicago. The pair were apparently causing a disturbance. He was charged with disorderly conduct and breach of the peace. His girlfriend wasn’t charged. In 2012, he had a simple assault conviction and was sentenced to court supervision. He also has busts for drug and alcohol related offenses, but no charges.

A source told that the hotel had been paid for with Sheila von Wiese Mack’s credit card.

5. Schaefer Says He Is a Songwriter

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Schaefer went by the stage name, Tommy Exx. (Facebook)

According to his Facebook page, Schaefer is a songwriter who attended the Columbia College’s Music Business program. A source told that Schaefer completed one semester in Columbia but dropped out to focus on music.

He lists his hometown as Livorno, Italy, but lives in Chicago. His relationship status on his page says that he is single.

Heather von Wiese Mack: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Sheila von Wiese Mack, a former colleague of Ted Kennedy's, was found dead in a suitcase in Bali. Her daughter, Heather, has been arrested in relation to the crime.

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  1. The girl in his Facebook photo died in a car accident while she was studying abroad. He loved her dearly and that’s why she’s in the photo. She was his first love.
    “that girl apparently died” may lead people to speculate that he killed her.
    I don’t know if he’s guilty of the crime in Bali, but I really don’t think he’s capable of doing something like this. I used to know him very well and I really can’t believe that he could be capable of this. I’ve always known him as a sweet, caring, kind, respectful, and polite person.

      • Would I stay anonymous? What I wrote is true, I just don’t want my name to be out there. I can provide more information in the email.

      • Paul, you need to delete the photo in fact #2. I have a feeling the girls in that photograph would be very upset to learn that they are visibly associated with an alleged murderer–regardless of whether he is actually guilty. While I am willing to reserve judgment for an actual judge, I do not think it is right to use photos containing other people, especially people who have not associated with him in years.

      • Please take down the photo of his former girlfriend and remove her name from this post. Her family has been through enough and had nothing to do with this incident. I urge you to respect the family and friends who are still mourning the loss of a dear friend and wonderful person. By posting her photo and information you are setting up a situation in which individuals are causing further pain and anguish to her grieving family. Please be respectful and do what is right.

    • Well how you feeling now that all the evidence has come out?! You still think of this ape POS as sweet, caring, kind, respectful and polite after he and his cousin were trading texts on how to MURDER AN INNOCENT WOMAN?! Or is it ok because Sheila was just a rich old White woman so her life didn’t count! Tommy Schaefer, Heather Mack, his cousin Robert Justin Bibbs, and everyone else involved (more WILL be found and charged!!!) are all feral apes who deserve to be viciously beaten to death! They all deserve to suffer the exact same way they made Sheila suffer! They need to know every single ounce of terror and pain that Sheila felt, while knowing they are about to DIE! And if you still feel like Tommy is such a innocent sweetie pie then you can go to Hell with them.

  2. Like many people from OP, we can attest to the fact that the young woman in this photo died tragically earlier this year in an accident, while studying abroad. It would not be fair to raise doubts in the minds of the general public about the circumstances of her passing. Also, I would hate to have things dredged up again, for her family. They have been through enough these past few months.

  3. Assuming the circumstances prove true the these lost millennials are pretty pathetic and deserve the tough justice they are about to face. Indonesians laws will not be as lenient as US.

    They were better off confessing instead of lying & obstructing justice.

    Throw the book at these monsters and these friends should be ashamed for even knowing them.

  4. Take the picture of the girl down. That is extremely disrespectful to her family. They have been through FAR too much these last few months and that is the last thing they need. It looks ignorant and absolutely cruel of you to post that picture and think that it has ANYTHING to do with this situation. Dumb.

      • Not trying to protect him at all. Let the justice system take care of him as he deserves. I am thinking only of the family of the young woman in the picture. There are plenty of other photos out there of him; no need to include her in this mess, even marginally. Her passing has absolutely nothing to do with him or his current circumstances. I don’t believe anyone is trying to defend him at all.

  5. Tommy thug gets to spend the rest of his life in Kerobokan. He will be in Hell on this earth and then Hell in the next life. Oh, the choices we make. I read some of this guys posts and he sounded so dumb and ghetto. I bet Rachel Smylie’s parents were so proud of her dating this thug. What pieces of work all of them. .

    • You’re right. Both deserve to spend their lives behind bars at Club Fed, and lose their youth. Let them come out of prison when they’re very old and gray. Sheila von Weise Mack’s money should go to her side of the family – sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, whoever.

    • I totally agree with “Hello.” I saw his page on FB and watched some videos. He came across as a bit of a piece of work. So I def wouldn’t rule him out of anything! Such a sad story though to think people out there could be so evil to even go so far as grisly. Anyway…my other opinion of his posts really sounds, albeit circumstantially, definitely pre-meditated.

    • guy lived in my suburb. Oak park. Very affluent. Tommy was a decent kid, wasn’t “Ghetto” at all, and you’re absolutely a racist asshole. I may be white but hearing my fellow white folks saying words like “Thug” just because he was black is soooo so backwards. Way to perpetuate stereotypes you fucks. Grow up.

      • “Way to perpetuate stereotypes you fucks. Grow up.” ……….HEY ASSHOLE! Tommy Schaefer, Heather Mack, and Robert Justin Bibbs ARE THUGS!!! They brutally murdered an innocent White woman! Not only did they viciously beat the poor innocent woman to death but apparently they had planned and plotted this after repeated failed attempts on her life! Heather admitted that she and Tommy had tried FIVE other times to murder Sheila so this was NOT a heat of the moment thing! And Sheila knew that slut Heather was pregnant by THUG tommy before they even left for Bali so the excuse about Sheila telling them to abort is absolute BS. YOU need to grow the fuck up you arrogant prick! You’re nothing but a nigga lover defending your fellow thugs, I hope YOU get beat to death by a gang of THUG niggaz next!

  6. It’s obvious that both are murderers. I doubt the daughter of the deceased was the one who carried a suitcase the weight of a human being all the way out to the taxi cab. That was solely him. Also, the hotel has footage of him arguing with the deceased woman because she was refusing to pay his way, and he insisted she pay her way. So whoever is saying that he “couldn’t possibly” commit a murder is family of his, or simply not emotionally well. Both, the daughter of the deceased, and the rapper who was the alleged boyfriend, are murderers and deserve the strictest punishment for murder. Evil is what they both are.

    • I don’t know where you got that quote from. If you’re referring to me saying that I really don’t think he’s capable of doing something like this, you got it wrong. I didn’t say “couldn’t possibly” – anything is possible.
      I am not family, I’m not saying he’s innocent, I just don’t believe he could be capable of murder, but I do not know.
      And neither do you. Don’t say it’s obvious that they’re both murderers and that they are evil. Do you know them?
      “Several friends told the Tribune that Von Wiese-Mack suffered a broken arm during one argument with her daughter.” – The Chicago Tribune
      -sounds like a strong girl
      I’ve also read that the daughter was part of the argument in the lobby as well.
      He could be guilty of murder, but we don’t know that. Maybe Heather did it & convinced a terrified guy to help her dispose of the body because he knew the argument made him look bad.
      I have no idea and I’m not trying to defend him, I am just sharing my thoughts and correcting you if you were referring to what I said.

      • I wonder how much of you guys actually knew Tommy. I have actually met him before. And for that idiot that said he was a thug, did you actually know him because he was not that. And him losing his gf doesn’t implicate guilt. Maybe, you should be focussing in on the chaotic relationship with the gf and her mom. 86 domestic calls from the police to the girlfriend’s house. Heather Mack and her mother. Hello you sound like a racist. Would you be calling him a thug if he wasn’t of African American descent. None of these “things” even prove motive. And she was adopted.

        • Thanks. On another site, someone commented that he was “most likely a good-for-nothing leech and thug”
          I told them that I know him as a kind, generous, polite, and respectful person who loves to make people smile.
          I really hope he didn’t have anything to do with the murder. I can’t imagine him killing anyone. I can imagine him being terrified & not thinking right as he helped his gf get rid of the body, possibly because she threatened to frame him and/or he knew the argument made him look bad. I don’t know her, but from what I’ve read, that seems like a possibility.
          I don’t know what really happened but I find it extremely hard to believe that he could kill someone.

          • Exactly. I didn’t know her either. But I have friends that knew her and from the posts of people that knew her online she seemed to be not all there. THIS WHOLE ARTICLE IS COMPLETE B.S.

          • I don’t know Tommy Schaeffer. Several people who do know him have described him both here and elsewhere on the web as kind, gentle and seemingly incapable of such a crime. His facebook tribute to Robyn Williams was eloquent, insightful, and compassionate. The murder of Sheila Von Weise Mack is heartbreaking, but the comments I have read here are horrifying. They make me think of the days when beheadings and hangings were considered good family entertainment. We know nothing about the crime and little about those involved. We have no right to sit in judgement. At 21, Schaeffer had already lost the love of his life in a tragic accident – only four months ago. I cannot imagine the pain that loss must have caused him then and now. And I doubt anyone would be calling Tommy Schaeffer a thug if he were not African-American.

            • He is bi-racial. Besides, a thug is a thug in my book whether they are white, black, brown, Puerto Rican or Haitian.

              Webster’s 1913 Dictionary

              Pronunciation: thŭg; 277
              n. 1. One of an association of robbers and murderers in India who practiced murder by stealthy approaches, and from religious motives. They have been nearly exterminated by the British government.
              2. An assassin; a ruffian; a rough.

  7. Schaefer has had his share of prior legal troubles: “He was charged with disorderly conduct and breach of the peace. His girlfriend wasn’t charged. In 2012, he had a simple assault conviction and was sentenced to court supervision. He also has busts for drug and alcohol related offenses, but no charges.”

    I don’t see it to be implausible that he could have a direct hand in the murder of Sheila.

    Interesting that both Mack and Schaefer devised a story about escaping robbers. I wonder if it’s just a matter of time before they begin pointing fingers at each other. Doesn’t Indonesia have forensic testing? They said Sheila fought back the attack based on defensive wounds. Hope they are checking for trace DNA under her fingernails and elsewhere.

    I hope both are held accountable and punished accordingly.

  8. Let’s all riot in the streets and call Al Sharpton to speak because of this terrible crime! Oh wait, the victim isn’t a black teen that was wanted for robbery, never mind, carry on…

    • This case has nothing to do with the case in Ferguson where a police officer emptied his gun in an unarmed FLEEING teenager who at some point turned around with his hands up in the air. Since when is it okay to murder someone for the alleged theft of some cigarillos? Besides, the police chief has admitted that the officer had know knowledge of a robbery when the confrontation began….now let’s carry on…. Does anyone know for sure if Heather Mack was adopted because she looks a lot like her mother?

    • Too bad these geniuses didn’t murder her in Chicago. The mother would have been declared raycist and Sharpton and Jackson would have been calling the two victims innocent kids that made a “mistake”. Hopefully, in Bali, they don’t buy into that crap, and murder is always a hate crime.

      • Again, what does the recent shooting of an unarmed teenager by a cop (which is what I’m sure you’re referencing) have to so with an obviously over-indulged, disturbed young woman and her boyfriend murdering her mother? Or for that matter any of the recent spate of unjustified murders of young African American men publicized by black leaders? I’m surprised you couldn’t figure out a way to spin President Obama in your lame attempt to disparage Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. You act as though racism doesn’t exist or that most of these cases are not racially motivated.

        • Messed up kid = monster in training. Now they face death by firing squad if convicted, now that’s really messed up. Tommy is no angel with plenty of prior criminal arrests & conviction to
          prove it.

          They probably saw Mother Mack as an ATM & nothing more. They will not need $ where they are going next. I hope Mother Mack’s $ isn’t going to pay for their defense lawyers.

  9. Please take down the photo and name of his former girlfriend. Our community is still mourning the loss of this wonderful kid. She doesn’t need to be associated with this.

  10. Writing this type of embarrassing “journalism” is what glorifies killing and shows disturbed individuals (teenagers especially) that they will get all this attention, which many of them are craving, if they commit similar atrocious acts.

    And cuz of loser sites like this, its obvious it will not just be attention from actual news, but from these gross, buzzfeed-esque sites that really glorify anything to get “hits”.

    Your staff should be ashamed.

    -Girl from Oak Park