Report: Accused Hickory Street killers had sex on victim’s bodies
By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org February 28, 2013 9:52AM
Adam M. Landerman (clockwise, from top left), Alisa R. Massaro, Joshua F. Miner and Bethany L. McKee | Supplied photos
Jan. 7: Terrance Rankins enjoys “chilling” with acquaintance Bethany McKee and her friends Adam Landerman, Joshua Miner and Alyssa Massaro at Massaro’s house, 1121 N. Hickory St.
Jan. 8: Rankins and McKee spend more time together.
Jan. 9: Around 7:15 p.m. Rankins is invited back to Masaro’s house, and brings his friend, Eric Glover.
11 p.m. Rankins’ mother calls his phone. It goes to voicemail.
Jan. 10: 4 p.m. McKee has left the Hickory Street house and calls her father in Shorewood to tell him what has happened. He calls Shorewood police who relay the information to Joliet police.
Joliet police come into the house to find Landerman, Massaro and Miner playing video games while Glover and Rankins’ bodies are upstairs.
5:30 p.m. McKee is stopped by Kankakee police while driving in a minivan with her infant daughter.
Updated: April 2, 2013 6:21AM
It’s a story as grisly and horrifying as it gets.
New details have emerged in the Jan. 10 strangulation murders of two Joliet men. It is a deadly mixture of booze, sex, drugs, depravity and video games.
Police reports containing conflicting interviews with the four people charged with the brutal first-degree murders of Eric Glover , 22, and Terrance Rankins, 22, allege that two of the suspects — Joshua Miner, 24, and his girlfriend, Alisa Massaro, 18 —had sex on top of the victims’ bodies, the Sun-Times has learned. They intended to dismember before disposing of them.
“This is a case as depraved and heinous as it gets,” said a source familiar with the police reports, which at times are contradictory.
Included in the statements given to police: the plan not only involved sadistic sex with the lifeless bodies of the two victims — but keeping their teeth as trophies.
The plan, according to one police report, was based on Miner remembering Massaro confiding once she wanted to have sex with a dead man.
It all began with an alleged invitation to Rankins by Bethany McKee, 18, who also is charged with murder, to have sex with her and Massaro at Massaro’s house — and to bring marijuana and booze with him. Rankins reportedly invited Glover to tag along. Instead, the two soon-to-be murder victims wound up playing video games, and according to one police report, a struggle ensued when Miner struck Rankins for “fooling around” with McKee, who had asked him to stop. One police report alleges the two women departed before the violence began and were afraid of the bodies when they returned.
The men were murdered in the Massaro home while her father, Phillip, was asleep on the couch a floor below the murder scene.
McKee, who also was charged in the murders, told police that when Massaro’s dad awoke he issued orders to quit the racket — which he was told was caused by a broken TV — or he’d call the police. He did not.
After the men were killed, the assailants reportedly concocted a plan to get rid of the bodies and considered torching the victims’ car with the bodies inside. Instead, they left the bodies inside the house, dumped the car in a parking lot — and headed to Walgreens for a soda and something to eat before going back to the house.
A fourth assailant, Adam Landerman , 19, the son of a female Joliet Police sergeant, was reportedly hiding in the basement of the murder house when police arrived.
McKee called her father, William, and he called the Shorewood Police. Shorewood police then contacted Joliet officers.
When the Joliet Police arrived at the grisly scene, Miner, Massaro and Landerman were there, and all three were arrested. The victims, who were found inside the house, had plastic bags tied around their heads. McKee, who has a baby daughter, had already left the murder scene when the police arrived and was picked up by police in Kankakee en route to visit the child’s father.
McKee last week signed papers to give guardianship of her daughter over to her mother, Teresa McKee, according to court records.
The police reports contain ghastly claims of “surfing” the dead bodies, describing the last minute gasps of the dead as “zombie noise” and gathering supplies — bleach, a blow torch, a saw and rubber gloves — for Landerman to use for body disposal.
But, according to police interviews, some of the accused claimed the plan was to rob Rankins and Glover. Instead, the men wound up dead and objects of a kinky, sadistic sex act after their bodies were covered and arranged side by side.
All four assailants have been charged with first-degree murder and remained in custody on $10 million bond. The four are scheduled to be in court on Friday.
Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, who is fresh off his Drew Peterson murder trial win, is personally prosecuting the case. He did not return calls seeking comment.
Authorities have kept a tight lip on details surrounding the case, claiming they did not want to jeopardize it.
Joliet Chief Mike Trafton said Thursday the release of the police reports was not authorized.
McKee’s lawyer, Chuck Bretz, said an attorney would violate Illinois Supreme Court rules if he or she disclosed the report. Bretz is concerned the news stories quote alleged statements that may not be admissible in court.
Nevertheless, the victims’ family members were shocked to hear the reports details.
Rodrick Kent, one of Rankins’ relatives, said his family members met with members of the state’s attorney’s office this week and were told no information would be released until the trial. Authorities did not verify the report or offer any information on what happened to Rankins and Glover, he said.
Glover’s fiance, Heather Gossman, said she and his other family members were told the same thing.
“They’re trying to keep the case under wraps,” Gossman said. “We don’t know any more than anyone else knows. They don’t want us to get mad and say something to taint the case.”
McKee’s father said he’s not been told of such details and questioned how someone else could get the information. He wondered whether his daughter would be able to get a fair trial.
Still, McKee said he did not want to take attention away from the grief of the victims’ families.
“What’s happening with this story can’t be easy for the victims’ families,” McKee said.
Having the police reports made public is bad for both the defense and prosecution, said Naperville defense attorney Kathleen Zellner. Defense attorneys can claim their clients cannot get a fair trial because of the media coverage, and prosecutors have to face the possibility that the defense attorneys are right, she said, speculating that defense attorneys might seek a change of venue.
While tidbits of information are often leaked to the press in high-profile cases, it’s not common practice for authorities to release entire police reports, Zellner said.
“A lot of times there are errors in the police reports, there’s misinformation, they’ve misquoted people,” she said. “It’s unfortunate that that happened.”
Contributing: Janet Lundquist, Brian Stanley and Jon Seidel