Sarah Cedeño
Aftermath

Sarah Cedeño - Aftermath

Creative Nonfiction
Sarah Cedeño’s work has appeared in New World Writing, The Rumpus, Hippocampus Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, Redactions, Literary Mama, and… Read more »
Caitlin Garvey
Doll Hospital

Caitlin Garvey - Doll Hospital

Creative Nonfiction
Caitlin Garvey is a student of creative nonfiction in Northwestern University’s MFA program. She has an MA in English Literature… Read more »

Doll Hospital

Caitlin Garvey

In August of 2014, Sheila von Wiese-Mack’s body was found shoved into a 27 by 18 inch suitcase, and then placed in the trunk of a taxi in Bali, Indonesia. Sheila’s daughter, Heather Mack, and Heather’s boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, were both found guilty of Sheila’s murder. Heather, a Chicago native, has been coined the “Body-in-Suitcase Killer,” and a photograph of the bloody suitcase, taken by Bali police two days after the crime, was covered by international media and reposted to thousands of people’s social media pages. The taxi driver found Sheila, covered with blood, wrapped in a hotel bed sheet and tied up with duct tape. In order for Sheila’s body to fit the suitcase’s measurements and match the driver’s description, Heather and her boyfriend would have had to tuck her knees up to her chest. They would have had to tilt her so that one shoulder was touching the bottom of the suitcase and the other was pressed against its top. They would have had to bend her arms and unite her hands.

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On my tenth Christmas, I received an American Girl Doll, Molly McIntire, representing the World War II Era. Her brown hair was contained… Read more »