No More Tomorrows by Schapelle Corby with Kathryn Bonella

Title: No More Tomorrows
Author: Schapelle Corby with Kathryn Bonella
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (June 1, 2008)
Source: Library
Genre: Memoir
Set in: Bali, Indonesia
Rating: 5 out of 5

Schapelle Corby was arrested at Bali airport, Indonesia in 2004 when 4.1 Kg of Marijuana was found in her bag. She was in Bali to be a part of her elder sisters 30th birthday celebrations. But little did she know that this holiday would change her life forever.

She was arrested and thrown into Bali’s prison to await trial. Her sister Mercedes hired a lawyer Lily who was none the wiser as it turned out to be her first case ever. Schapelle thought she would be released as soon as they realized that the drugs were not hers. After all she did travel via 2 domestic Australian airports before landing in Bali, there had to be some proof of her innocence somewhere.

But the trial was over and Schapelle was sentenced to 20 years in prison. No More Tomorrows is her journey from a care free women to someone who had her world turned upside down in a few minutes. Schapelle claims throughout the book that she has no idea where the drugs came from. There could be so many simple ways to determine whether she was guilty without doubt but the Indonesian police and the justice system overlooked a lot of things.

First of all, they did not test the marijuana to determine the concentration, they did not test the marijuana bag for fingerprints in spite of repeated requests by Schapelle and her lawyer. The Australian airport did not have any videos of Schapelle checking in the bag as which could easily determine whether the bag had drugs. It was after all a huge bag.

The Indonesian justice system also did not take into account the testimony of an Australian prisoner who happened to over hear 2 prisoners taking and laughing about how a bag of marijuana was mistakenly placed in someone else’s bag and how she had to go to prison because of that. They also did not take into account the fact that there was a report released about how Australian airport baggage handlers were involved in illegal movement of drugs from the airport.

Everything about Schapelle’s case irritated me and made me more and more angry. I respect Indonesian laws that gives sever punishments to drug peddlers, but at least make sure that the person whose life you are ruining deserves it without any doubts. There were so many things that could have been done to prove her innocence.

Other than having to go through something that Schapelle did not deserve, she also describes the deplorable and at times shocking conditions of the Bali prison. One thing that really shocked me the most was the way the media behaved. We all know what the media is like, we have seen so many examples, but the way the media behaved with her was absolutely disgusting. Here is one the passages from the book which I believe is one the milder ones.
So hard to concentrate: the courtroom is covered with cameras, reporters, TV cameras sitting on the floor in the middle of the court, and when I speak all these microphones are placed down on the table in front of me, and there’s a window behind me with people speaking in Indonesian. Cameramen calling, ‘Corby, Corby’ in my ear; as I turn, they snap the camera. Couldn’t they have a little respect? I have to be completely aware and with no distractions: I am on trial for my life! don’t they understand?
Diary entry, 3 Feb 2005.

Schapelle with her mom

There is a word added in the Urban dictionary: Schapelled which means “to be screwed over – brutally.” What more can I say?

There were a few repetitions in the book but I’m not complaining. I don’t remember ever being so emotionally affected by a book before. It’s probably because what happened to Schapelle could happen to me or my loved ones and it just scares me to no end. If it could happen at the airports of a developed country like Australia, it could happen anywhere.

Schapelle is still serving her 20 year sentence in the Bali prison. I really hope and pray that she is released soon.

Latest Update: Schapelle Corby was granted parole on 7 February 2014 and released on 10 February 2014 after having served nine years in Kerobokan Prison.The ruling however means that Corby will have to live in Bali and follow other rules set by the correction bureau and check in with the Bali corrections bureau monthly until her final release in July 2017

Note: If you haven’t watched the documentary series on NatGeo called Locked up Abroad/ Banged up abroad/ Jailed abroad (same series, different names), please do. It’s a series about normal people like you and me who made a mistake, a misjudgment, got carried away and landed up in prison in third world countries. 99% of these cases are related to drug peddling.

If it doesn’t show in your country, you can watch all the past episodes on the NatGeo website.

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24 thoughts on “No More Tomorrows by Schapelle Corby with Kathryn Bonella

  1. I have heard of this case, but I thought that later on, facts came out that made her story a bit more hazy… I could be wrong, though! Either way, 20 years in foreign prison for possession of a drug is crazy! I shall be staying away from Indonesia, I think!

    • There were a lot of things that came out but she has clarified most of it in her book, I don’t know how true it is, but her arguments do seem logical. Besides so many people don’t know the real story because of the media trying to fabricate facts.

  2. That’s just about everyone’s worst nightmare. One definitely does not want to be jailed in a foreign country.

    Was there anything in the book about whether Schapelle’s government is doing anything to try to get her out?

    • They paid half the expenses of her trial I think, but from what I have heard, he family is trying to get her transferred to an Australian prison for the rest of her sentence which seems difficult at the moment.

  3. Oh MY! Sounds really scary!!!!! And u r right, the thought it actually happening to me or someone i know is even more scary!
    I hope and pray they get some sense and reevaluate her case.

  4. Wow! What a story. The legal system in every country seems to be so messed up. Thank you for the review; you’ve made me want to go and look up more about her.

  5. We won’t give up. Schapelle is in our hearts and we continue to work for her release.

    I have written several people with the power to release Schapelle. I believe the best thing people can do is not argue her innocents or how the case was handled but remind these authorities that people will boycott Indonesia to the tune of billions of tourist dollars for decades to come. I for one would never go there after seeing what has happened to Schapelle.

    Again, more talk about how this case effects their bottom line will probably be the most powerful message. It’s the old tactic of persuasion that is considered best. Present your desire as something the person you are soliciting has a stake in. Billions of tourist dollars are really being lost here. Remind anyone with power in Indonesia that you have access to.

  6. You poor stupid, stupid girl Schaps< u know what you have to do now. Take Merc out of the picture, she is the devil and u r not innocent….u been played by ur whole family. U talk in ur book about all involved in your case about gettin some balls and start lookin out for you…but the truth is, well I dont know the truth, but you do and your sister is your enemy, she be fuckin you over right now if a dollar or rup become from it. I just read your book and if it were me…I would never have let that shit be published. It didnt do you any favours, it made you look bad and than there was you holdin this undying, ever so grateful fuckin love story for your demonic sister!!!!! Fuck her up schaps, she has fucked you over and over, tell the true story and dont hold back!!! Trust me on this….if you cut her off, even just for a bit, you will change the dynamics completelyxxxxI dont want to see u suffer anymore, u have done your time for your involvement………now let the fucken rest……go in peace Schaps x

  7. LOTS OF THEORIES FOR WHAT REALLY HAPPENED NUMBER ONE IS THAT SCHAPELLES SISTER AND HUSBAND FRAMED HER, THEY PUT THE DRUGS IN THE BOOGEY BOARD AND HAD THAT CROOKED SECURITY GUARD PASS THE BAG WITHOUT INSPECTING IT. ALL I KNOW AND FEEL IS THAT SCHAPELLE NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH BECAUSE IF THAT WAS HER SISTER SITTING THERE ACCUSED OF THE SAME CRIME SHE WOULD NOT SPARE ANY EXPENCE AT BETRAYING SCHAPELLE. I DONT KNOW WHY SHE HAS THIS SICK LOVE FOR MERCEDEZ BUT I DO KNOW ONE THING AND THAT IS THAT SHE HAS LOST YEARS OF HER LIFE FOR WHAT? SHE CANNOT TURN THE CLOCK BACK NOW. HER SISTER NEEDS TO CONFESS TO THE CRIMES SHE COMMITTED AND TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HER ACTIONS OF SENDING HER INNOCENT SISTER TO PRISON. ANOTHER THING ALSO I DO APPLAUDE HOW BALI HAS HARSH PENALTIES FOR DRUG TRAFFICKERS BUT IN HAVING THAT IN PLACE THEY NEED TO BE HUNDRED PERCENT SURE THEY ARE SENDING THE RIGHT PERSON TO PRISON CAUSE FROM WHAT WAS SAID THE BAG WITH THE DRUGS WAS NOT TAKEN AWAY CAREFULLY TO BE FINGER PRINTED INSTEAD THEY HAD EVERY TOM DICK AND HARRY HANDLING IT TOUCHING IT AND THEN DESTROYING IT RATHER THEN GRABBING THE BAG THE SECOND THEY FOUND IT HAVING ONLY ONE PERSON REMOVING IT AND ISOLATING IT BEFORE FINGER PRINTS GOT TAKEN FROM IT. THAT WOULD HAVE CLEARED SHAPELLE RIGHT AWAY AND WOULD HAVE SENT HER SISTER MERCEDEZ IN PRISON INSTEAD WHERE SHE BELONGS. ITS A DOG ACT TO FRAME YOUR OWN FLESH AND BLOOD. ALL I KNOW IS THE PLAN OF SMUGGLING IN THE DRUGS FELL THROUGH AND WENT WRONG AND DIDNT GO THE WAY IT WAS PLANNED THEREFORE AN INNOCENT WOMAN GETS SENTENCED. JUST BY THE AUTHORITIES NOT LIFTING FINGER PRINTS OFF THE BAG WITH DRUGS AND DESTROYING IT THAT SHOULD HAVE HAD THE CASE THROWN OUT OF COURT FOR A MISTRIAL DUE TO INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT CROOKED SECURITIES AT AIRPORTS AND HER SISTERS HUSBAND WHO IS INVOLVED IN THE DRUG SCENE ALONG WITH HER SISTER SHOULD TELL U RIGHT THEN AND THERE THAT THE WRONG PERSON GOT SENT AWAY. SHAPELLE IF YOU BELEIVE IN GOD AND WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN AFTER YOU LEAVE THIS WORLD THEN I SUGGEST YOU TELL THE TRUTH ON HOW YOUR SISTER FRAMED YOU BECAUSE ITS SAD TO KNOW THAT IF YOU LEAVE THIS WORLD ONE DAY YOUR SOUL WILL NEVER BE AT PEACE SHAPELLE FOR THE MISJUSTICE YOU WERE GIVEN BY YOUR OWN SISTER AND BALI COURTS. I PRAY THAT SOMEHOW YOU RETURN HERE BACK TO AUSTRALIA WHERE YOU BELONG. AND HOPE YOU FIND SOME INNER PEACE ONCE YOU HAVE RETURNED . DONT LET THINGS GET THE BETTER OF YOU AS YOU MADE A CHOICE TO PROTECT YOUR OWN SISTER THEREFORE DONT SIT AND WOLLOW IN DEPRESSION BECAUSE WE ALL MAKE CHOICES IN LIFE ITS NEVER TOO LATE TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE AS YOU DESERVE TO LIVE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE AT PEACE. YOUR SISTER CARES SO MUCH ABOUT YOU THAT YOUR IN PRISON THAT SHE POSES FOR PLAYBOYS AND DOES NUDY PICTURES SHE IS NOT DOING IT FOR YOUR BENEFIT TO RAISE MONEY FOR YOU SHE IS OUT ENJOYING HER LIFE AND LIVING IT HAPPILY WHILST YOU HAVE BEEN CHEATED 5 YEARS OF IT ALREADY DO YOU REALLY WANT TO WASTE ANYMORE OF IT? NO MORE THOUGHTS ABOUT SUICIDE AND FOCUS ON HAPPY TIMES THAT WILL HELP YOU WHEN YOUR HAVING YOUR ANXIETY ATTACKS DONT GIVE UP WE WILL ALL BRING YOU BACK HOME ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. JUST BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF AND WITH THE AUTHORITES ON WHO REALLY FRAMED YOU SO YOU CAN BE FINALLY FREE FROM THE EVIL YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE MAINLY YOUR EVIL SISTER MERCEDEZ.

    • you are just a fucking idiot, you and your mate shoulder, fucking drop-kicks both of you, its got nothing to do with Shapelle or any of her family, it’s political…wake up, dickheads

  8. Have you seen the new documentary? http://www.expendable.tv All is PROVEN via hundreds of freedom of Information that the Australian government witheld vital evidence from the Bali court, Schapelle and her lawyer to cover up the corruption at the newly privatised Sydney airport…. Don’t take my word for it, watch the Doco then search the site for all the FOI documents

  9. Schapelle is 100% innocent and the Australian government are 100% gulity, on the 8th October Schapelle starts her 10th year for a crime she did not commit please pass on http://www.expendable.tv The Australian government are ignoring it and the Australian will NOT report it… Please help!!!

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