A woman who claimed she beat her mother to death as revenge for the death of her father has told police she was forced to make an online confession.
Heather Mack, from Chicago, has been jailed in Bali for three years alongside her former boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, since the couple were found guilty of the “sadistic” murder of her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, in 2014.
The 21-year-old released a three-part Youtube statement on Tuesday revealing she had delivered the fatal blows in what appeared to be a bid to absolve Schaefer of his role in the slaying, for which he is serving 18 years in prison.
But the young mother, who delivered her daughter Stella in Kerobokan prison, has backtracked since the confession appeared online.
She has claimed Schaefer wrote it and forced her to read it to camera about eight months ago.
Her lawyer released a statement claiming the confession was completely staged and uploaded to the internet using a fake account in Mack’s name.
It is claimed the video was filmed to influence legal proceedings about Ms von Wiese-Mack’s estate and the guardianship of the couple’s daughter.
“Heather Mack put a handwritten letter from Tommy in front of her to be read,” lawyer Yulius Benyamin Seran said.
They denied uploading the clip but refused to be questioned together to clarify inconsistencies in each of their stories, News.com.au reported.
Their daughter Stella has been living in the prison since birth but is expected to be placed with a member of family living in Bali as she cannot stay inside after the age of two.