McKee’s father: Heartbreak for everyone involved in Joliet’s Hickory Street killings
By Brian Stanley email@example.com February 5, 2013 11:42AM
William McKee, father of Bethany McKee who is one of the four suspects charged with the Hickory Street murders, leaves the Will County Courthouse after his daughter's arraignment in Joliet, Illinois, Tuesday, February 5, 2013. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 7, 2013 6:33AM
The father of one of four people charged in last month’s Hickory Street killings says he feels heartbreak for everyone involved in the case, and resentment toward those he feels are adding to that heartbreak.
William McKee attended Tuesday’s arraignment at the Will County Courthouse for his daughter Bethany McKee and Alissa Massaro, Adam Landerman and Joshua Miner. All four are charged with murder stemming from the Jan. 10 stranglings of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins at Massaro’s house, 1021 N. Hickory St.
“I thought it was supposed to be innocent until proven guilty,” William McKee said outside of court, “but you wouldn’t think so (from) reading blog comments.”
McKee confirmed previous news stories that he was the person who called police and reported the crime after his daughter called to tell him about it. He would not provide details but said “she was terrified.”
Authorities have said Glover and Rankins were lured to the home and then robbed and killed. When police arrived, they surprised Massaro, Landerman and Miner, who were partying and playing video games, authorities have said. Bethany McKee had left the house and was picked up in Kankakee with her daughter in the car.
“All I can say is I love my daughter,” McKee said when asked why he called 911.
Tuesday marked the first time he’d seen his daughter since her arrest on murder charges, he said.
His two other children have been subjected to threats and taunting at school, McKee said. Seeing the effect on his wife and family has added to the grief of having his oldest child in jail.
McKee said he didn’t want to speak for his daughter but “the rest of the family has nothing to do with this.”
McKee said he does not know the Landerman or Miner families, but he and his wife, “have been trying to keep Alissa away from our family for 14 years. She’s been nothing but trouble.”
McKee claimed his daughter visited the Massaro house a week before the slayings with her 15-month-old daughter, Cianna. Bethany McKee phoned her mother asking to be picked up because there was ongoing drug use and she didn’t want her daughter in that environment, he said.
Now, McKee said his efforts are directed to “keeping strong for (his) family and putting it in God’s hands.”
He plans to attend all the court proceedings to support his daughter.
“I don’t know what happened. I don’t know that she’s guilty,” he said. “This is not supposed to happen to any family. Nor is murder supposed to happen to any family. It’s terrible all around.”