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Joliet double slaying shocks parents, police

Joliet Police scene shooting 1121 Hickory Joliet IL Thursday Jan. 10 2013.  |  Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

Joliet Police at the scene of a shooting at 1121 Hickory in Joliet, IL on Thursday Jan. 10, 2013. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 13, 2013 3:31PM

Police say four young adults — one the son of a Joliet police sergeant — lured two friends to a house robbing them and strangling them to death in the the southwest suburb.

After the killings — even after attempting to dismember the bodies — the suspects “continued the party atmosphere” and played video games until being surprised when police arrived, Joliet Police Chief Mike Trafton said.

“This is one of the most brutal, heinous and upsetting things I’ve ever seen in my 27 years of law enforcement,” Trafton said Friday. “Not only the crime scene, but the disregard for common decency toward human beings.”

Adam M. Landerman, 19; Alisa R. Massaro, 18; Bethany L. McKee, 18; and Joshua F. Miner, 24, were charged around 4 p.m. Friday with six counts of first-degree murder for the Thursday deaths of Eric Glover, 22, and Terrence O. Rankins, 22.

All four suspects are being held in lieu of $10 million bail.

Around 4 p.m. Thursday, police were notified about two dead bodies in Massaro’s house at 1121 N. Hickory St.

When officers arrived they noticed movement inside the house so they went in, Trafton said.

Landerman, Massaro and Miner were playing video games and were “very much surprised” when police came in, Trafton said. McKee had left Massaro’s house before police arrived, but was picked up by authorities in Kankakee.

Autopsies performed Friday by the Will County coroner’s office determined someone used their hands to strangle both victims. Police would not say who is suspected of killing the pair.

Cmdr. Brian Benton said detectives believe Glover and Rankins were robbed of money they’d brought with them to the house and 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, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said.

Trafton confirmed Landerman is the son of Joliet police Sgt. Julie Larson, who did not participate in the investigation.

Phillip Massaro, Alisa Massaro’s father, said he was in disbelief.

“All I can say is it’s a terrible thing that happened and I can’t believe my daughter had anything to do with it,” he said in a brief telephone interview. “I don’t know what happened. I just don’t know what to say. I can’t really talk about it. I’m too devastated and I can’t talk about it.”

Melodie Miner, the mother of Joshua Miner, spoke briefly to The Herald-News on Friday night, also in disbelief.

“There’s no way my son can do this,” she said.

Police would not specify what evidence has been recovered, but two vehicles have been impounded and a police dog searched the center median of Interstate 80 near Houbolt Road Friday afternoon as part of the investigation.

Miner has previously been convicted of residential burglary and has also been arrested for criminal damage to property.

Eric Glover was arrested by Joliet Police in Dec. 2009 on charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, unauthorized possession of ammunition and marijuana possession. He served three weeks in jail after being arrested in October for reportedly failing to appear in court on those charges.

Contributing: Casey Toner, Tony Graf

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