Four accused in strangulation murders expected in court Monday
By Janet Lundquist Sun-Times Media firstname.lastname@example.org January 13, 2013 6:19PM
A Joliet Police squad sits near the house where two people were killed Thursday in the 1100 block of Hickory Street in Joliet, Illinois, Friday, January 11, 2013. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 15, 2013 6:26AM
JOLIET — The four young people accused in the strangulation and attempted dismemberment of two of their alleged friends during a bizarre party-turned-robbery will likely appear in Will County court Monday afternoon, authorities say.
Though there may not be much additional detail released on the murders that Joliet’s police chief called “one of the most brutal, heinous and upsetting things” he’s ever seen.
Joliet Police Chief Mike Trafton said Sunday afternoon that the department would not make any more comments on the case.
“The case at this point belongs in the courts,” Trafton said in a text message. “I am confident in the case.”
Thursday afternoon, police discovered the bodies of Eric Glover, 22, and Terrence Rankins, 22, in the house at 1121 N. Hickory St. They had been strangled to death, authorities said.
Police were called to the house about 4 p.m. Thursday. When they walked in, Adam M. Landerman, 19, 1053 Glenwood Ave.; Alisa R. Massaro, 18, who lives at 1121 N. Hickory; and Joshua F. Miner, 24, 604 W. Jefferson St., were playing video games.
Bethany L. McKee, 18, 200 Westshore, Shorewood, was arrested by Kankakee police. All four are being held in the county jail in lieu of $10 million bond.
Detectives believe Glover and Rankins were robbed and that no one besides the suspects and victims were present.
All four suspects are charged under a theory of accountability for planning and participating in the robbery that led to the deaths of Glover and Rankins, State’s Attorney James Glasgow said.
Landerman is the son of Joliet police Sgt. Julie Larson, authorities confirmed. Miner previously was convicted of residential burglary and was arrested for criminal damage to property.
Of those four, Rankins’ mother Jamille Kent said she had only heard one of the names before and that was only last week. On Tuesday, she talked with her son on the phone.
“He said he was with a friend,” Kent said. She asked who the friend was. “He said, ‘Bethany.’”
Kent said she fears her son may have been dead on Wednesday night.
Kent said Rankins and Glover left her house at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. Rankins regularly was home by 11 p.m., his mother said. So, when he was not home that night, she tried to contact him.
“I texted first and said, ‘What time will you be here?’ ” Kent said. “When he didn’t answer my text, I called him. His phone rang once and went into voice mail.”
Kent said she kept calling her son because he typically called back. But her next calls went straight into voice mail with the phone not even ringing.
Rankins and Glover had been friends for five years, Kent said. She said Saturday that she has not yet learned details of her son’s death other than that he was strangled.
Glover graduated from Joliet Central in 2008, capping off a school career in which he made the honor roll several times and participated in football, wrestling and track. Glover also played minor league football on the Bolingbrook Buccaneers and the Illinois Gators, his family said. His younger brother, Drakkar Williams, plays outside linebacker at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif.
Rankins graduated from Joliet West High School.