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4 Arrested in Strangulation Murders; Crime Scene 'Heinous,' Chief Says

The four suspects continued to "party" after the two murders were committed, and it's believed the intent was to dismember the victims, Chief Mike Trafton said.

JOLIET, IL -- Robbery was the motive in the deaths of two men, strangled by four friends who lured them to a home Thursday, killed them and then partied and played videogames after, local police chief Mike Trafton said.

There is evidence the suspects intended to dismember their victims, Trafton said. He described the 1121 N. Hickory St. crime scene as gruesome, particularly in light of the suspects' total "disregard for human beings."

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"I think you need to know this is one of the most brutal, heinous, really upsetting things that (I've seen) in 27 years of law enforcement," he said. "It is the worst thing I've come across in my career.

"After the homicides were committed, they continued the party atmosphere, I guess I would say, without getting into it any further."

The victims have been identified as Eric Glover and Terrance O. Rankins, both 22.

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Charged with six counts of first-degree murder each are Adam M. Landerman, 19, 1053 Glenwood, Joliet; Bethany L. McKee, 18, 200 West Shore, Shorewood; Joshua F. Miner, 24, 601 W. Jefferson, Joliet; and Alisa R. Massaro, 18, 1121 N. Hickory St., which is where the murders took place.

Landerman is the son of Joliet Police Sgt. Julie Landerman, Trafton said.

Based on the evidence, bond was set Friday afternoon at $10 million each by Will County Judge Daniel Rozak. They are being held in the Will County jail.

Police learned about the homicides at about 4 p.m. Thursday, when they received a tip that they would find two dead bodies at the Hickory Street address. When officers arrived, they found the victims and then heard noise indicating there were other people in the house, Cmdr. Brian Benton said.

"I would say they were very much surprised (by the arrival of the police)," he said.

Landerman, Massaro and Miner were arrested there; McKee was arrested at a home in Kankakee, Trafton said.

Benton called the suspects and victims "social friends," and said the plan was to lure the two men to the house in order to rob them of cash. The victims were killed by physical strangulation; no rope or cord was used, Trafton said.

The police chief declined to discuss whether drugs or alcohol played a role in murders, and that he didn't consider it a mitigating factor even if it did.

"I refuse to use any of that as an excuse whatsoever," Trafton said. "They did what they did and they're to blame. As far as I'm concerned, they're going to jail today and they should stay there forever."

Will County prosecutors worked with police at the crime scene and later helped secure a search warrant for the house, State's Attorney James Glasgow said.

"This is a highly unusual case and were not going to be talking about any details right now, but they're quite disturbing," said Glasgow, who filed charges against the four suspects Friday afternoon.

Trafton said he revealed Officer Landerman's relationship to the suspect to ensure there would be no allegations later that the information was deliberately not disclosed or that Adam Landerman received special consideration because of his mother. 

"She was spoken to me by myself," Trafton said. "She has no access to the case whatsoever, and she was afforded no luxury whatsoever."

Miner is the only suspect to have a criminal background, Trafton said.

According to jail logs, which are incomplete, he was arrested in August 2010 for residential burglary and previously in April 2008 for knowingly damaging property. When he was arrested in second case, he also had two outstanding warrants for failure to appear at other criminal proceedings, the log shows.

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Colt45 January 19, 2013 at 09:04 PM
@ concerned, and you know this how?
rabidatheist January 20, 2013 at 01:30 AM
J. Ann are you serious? Jesus has caused the most depraved acts in human history. Read about the Inquisition, or the Mallaeus Maleficarum, to see what Jesus' most beloved followers have done in his name. Or look at the Popes, and what they have done. Look at Pope John Paul, and that evil Mother Theresa, they are responsible for the deaths on millions of Africans for preaching, "sure AIDS is bad, but using a condom is an unforgivable sin". As for the Bible, we understand it just fine. Jesus of the Bible is a mythical invention, and all of the instance will never make him real.
protecting the future of my kids January 20, 2013 at 08:35 PM
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eLAINE 10 January 20, 2013 at 09:42 PM
WHY DON'T YOU GET A LIFE. This is real and you're acting as tho this is some kind of joke. I don't know who you are and thank God for that. Can you get over all your negative comments and look at this as being serious. There were 2 young men brutally murder. Families left mourning and still is. Regardless if these vicims had a rap shet as long as hell WHAT GIVE ANYONE A RIGHT TO TAKE THEIR LIVES? You are one insensitive, ignorant and heartless individuals and that needs to be banned for making anymore comment on this or any other sight where human well being is concern. I hope to God you have no children. You actually sound like you could be capable of the same hedious crimes these 4 people committed. To tell you the truth I don't feel safe knowing your're walking around Joliet. My deepest sorrows goes out to both families of the victims.
voklst January 21, 2013 at 12:31 AM
I had to stop at Paul's effeminine Ranting....heil hitler and marquette park March to you... You sound very 'life experiened'... Not!!! Whata a shame you are Many Pixels shy of a full screen! Condolences & prayers to victims... Beware who your children associate with Certain personalites get together and Kill People! Hitler met all his cronies in jail!
J. Ann January 21, 2013 at 07:36 PM
No, rabid atheist, Jesus is not the cause of any depraved acts in history. Of course since you think He's a mythical character, how you can even believe that is beyond me....anyway, we all have free wills to choose what we will put our time and focus on; and we also have a resident sinful nature, and then there's all the evil forces in the world influencing people and confusing and twisting and accusing and distorting and sometimes ultimately MURDERING, and there, we've come full circle. These murders were a multi-faceted product of their own twisted minds, and their evil inclinations resulting from tons of evil they put in their minds over and over in the form of music, videos, and other things such as wrong associations and relationships. There's no vacuum in the mind---it's good or evil, and what we put in consistently will affect us, and some will act on it. You feed the "bad dog" or the "good dog". We either use the gift of free will to choose life in all it's forms--love, kindness, goodwill, or we begin to choose hate, vengeance and evil-- maybe because we were abused or rejected or neglected---but we still have a choice, to become bitter or better. They will have to pay for their wrong decisions, but Jesus is all good and exhorts us to choose LIFE. You greatly misunderstand and therefore misrepresent what true faith in a loving God is all about, and rather love to hear yourself talk.
eil kiln January 21, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Did we forget what the headline is? Why bother bickering back and forth, move on, go to a chat room. Leave this for those that would like to get/ give information on theses families. This is no place for your religious beliefs. Everyone has their own, don't let anyone demean yours, keep your head up. Fighting back and forth does not make either of you correct.; it actually shows that each need to practice what they preach.
J. Ann January 22, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Well, bite my tongue, just for you, eil kiln. So let's hear all your wisdom; I'm all ears.
eil kiln January 22, 2013 at 04:07 PM
J. Ann, I am a Christian as well. Just saying; our faiths are our own beliefs. This is a headline about four very troubled children that chose to murder two innocent boys. I have no ties to any of them but am glad they are behind iron bars and I feel awful for the six families involved. Such a mortal sin! Sometimes comments are so rude to one another, such as yours, to me.
rabidatheist January 22, 2013 at 05:08 PM
J. Ann I can't help but wonder if you believers read the words you write before you hit send. Whether, I think, or as history shows the Jesus of the Bible is a mythical character is irrelevant. The people all throughout history that have believed him to be very real, also taking his commandment to "go forth, and baptize all nations" very serious, and used the sword, or the gun to do it. As for free will, you apparently just sit in a church, and let others tell you what they want you to believe the Bible says. You really should read it for yourself from time, to time, it's the easiest way to not believe it. There is NO SUCH THING as free will in the Bible, it's all part of god's plan. Read the Book of Isaiah, it's a tirade by god taking credit for everything. He even says, "I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things". So please if you are going to try and tell me I don't understand it, you probably should understand it yourself.
blue January 22, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Melanie Mathews 1:11 pm on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Ur a dumb ass... U should keep that to yourself.. I know the same things but I didn't share them with everyone!! and then this...who is the dumb ass now?
D January 23, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Miss P.......the black police officer that shot the white couples dog last month in Chicago.That must have been an act of racism, would you agree?
ashleelynn hays January 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM
they did not have sex ontop of the dead!
ashleelynn hays January 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM
bethany is my cousin and as much as she did wrong she is a wonderful person and i pray for her release!
ashleelynn hays January 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM
there was never sex ontop of the bodies
ashleelynn hays January 24, 2013 at 10:49 PM
got anything to share email me at ashleelynnhays@yahooo.com
ashleelynn hays January 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM
only god and the judge can judge in the end!
ashleelynn hays January 24, 2013 at 10:53 PM
this was not racist!bethany has a beautiful black little girl.she is still close with the father and most of her friends are black.and we have black in our family!
Single Mom February 02, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Dear ssssskip, It matters not if they came from single mother homes! There THOUSANDS of kids in this country who come from single parent homes that DO NOT commit this kind of crime or any other crimes for that matter !I raised two son's and a daughter after my divorce and I did it alone! My oldest son is a sniper in an AirBorne Infantry Unit for 20 yrs now. My youngest son works full time as a Sgt for the Will County Sheriffs Dept and my daughter is a psychologist. They were not allowed to hang out in the streets, they had a curfew and I knew who their friends were and where they were at all times. It has nothing to do with married or single, mom or dad. It has EVERYTHING to do with how well the parents PARENT!! I think you owe the single parents out there an appology for your stupidity and ignorance!!!
Nan Wagner February 05, 2013 at 09:30 PM
And let's all give a big THANK YOU to convicted felon GEORGE RYAN for doing away with the death penalty so that we taxpayers can foot the bill for these a-holes for the rest of their miserable lives!
Great scott February 08, 2013 at 08:40 PM
I'm Ashlee, you defending your cousin is making you look really bad. She's not a wonderful person. She is one of four being accused of MURDER. someone should of thrown her in the river years ago. I'm a local around shorewood, and every time I would drive down her street and Bethany was outside, she would get in front of my car and stare me down like she was going to kill me. She has always been a half retarded devil. Idk how you could say otherwise.
blue February 18, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Hey valb you need to shut the fuck up with that bull shit. Just because people are jack asses does not mean that they are kkk or from a trailer park. Most of the time it's the rich ones that look down on the lower income people, or have you not stepped out of the hood lately? Going to school online does not make you educated. You truly sound uneducated. But also to you again, you might want to read the hateful stuff that clutche puts up here. Maybe he is the same person, with about 4 profiles, because the more that I read, the more that he, and a whole bunch of people all sound the same. Then again, small minds think alike. People really need to be able to speak more properly, on both sides of this issue. It's really stupid how people think, and cannot form correct sentences. I can agree that these people on here make it seem that everybody from Joliet are either project trash or trailer trash, but still, I dare any of you to step out in public and say these things to another person's face. I bet it would not happen.
blue February 18, 2013 at 11:55 PM
lmao @balls I know that people can blame this on the Joliet public schools system, but I went to Washington and I'm pretty straight, it all falls on the parents. Even though my mom was stupid in life, she was real book smart, and all of everything prepared me for real life. You can blame this whole problem on parental guidance.
chantal February 26, 2013 at 06:38 PM
paul redzovic, I am disgusted with the crimes committed, but even more disgusted that there are people like you who have the nerve to blame the victims. How racist can you be..... Blacks scare more that whites, calling them wimps and cowards and insinuating that whites are Superior, who do you think you are... I am as white as they come, but my heart goes out to the victims and there families here. Skin color has nothing to do with it. White or black, murder is wrong and a victim is a victim. As you sit there and bash these poor victims for the color of their skin, you failed to mention that the sick individuals who took these men's lives, and engaged in sexual act atop their corpses were white. They are the coward, wimps and, as you said about the victims, will be "so scared and screaming like women, defecating in their pants from fear and crying like girls" when they realize their lives will be spent staring at bars and they have become the jail house "bitches". To end this post I would like to say that everyone, black, white, big or small, we are all capable of good, bad and evil. We are all equal and deserve to be treated as such. When hurt we all bleed RED, a victim is a victim regardless of the color of their skin. Your mind seems just as corrupt as the people who orchestrated this crime. Makes me sick to my stomach knowing there are still people out there who don't realize we are ONE RACE.... Human......
B Colsky February 27, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Hitler was a known atheist. Read his book. He did not believe in God. He was a committed no-hope atheist. Atheists have no beliefs and no hope. If you say Hitler wasn't an atheist, you're either ignorant or a liar.
KIM March 17, 2013 at 09:39 AM
ALL THE BULLSHIT YOU ALL TALKING ABOUT SINGLE PARENT THAT DONT HAVE SHIT TO DO WITH THESE YOUNG MEN BEING MURDER . THE PEOPLE WHO DONE THE CRIME IS GOING TO DO THE TIME. "MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE LOST TO THE FAMILY.
KIM March 17, 2013 at 09:42 AM
HOW FUCKN DARE YOU SAY A MURDER IS A GOOD PERSON ARE STUPID , DUMB AND RETARDED. YOU PEOPLE ARE SOMETHING ELSE.
KIM March 17, 2013 at 09:44 AM
WHO GIVES A FUCK IF THEY FUCK ON TOP OF A BODIES YOUR MISSING THE POINT THEY KILLED , MURDER TWO HUMAN BEINGGGGSSSS.
KIM March 17, 2013 at 09:49 AM
THAT DONT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS CASE CAN YOU ALL STAY FOCUS OF WHAT JUST HAPPEN WORRYING ABOUT SPELL CHECKS. PEOPLE WORRY ABOUT THE WRONG THINGS . IF YOU GOING TO PUT A SCRIPTURE UP LET IT BE FOR THE VICTIMS FAMILY.. WOW....... SAYING SOMETHING THATS MEANINGFUL... YOU ALL NEED TO GROW UP
KIM March 17, 2013 at 09:58 AM
STOP TEXTING YOUR REALLY MAKING MY FLUSH CRAWL ... YOUR JUST AS LOST AS WE ARE YOU SAY SHE'S A GOOD PERSON . I GUESS YOU DONT REALLY KNOW YOUR COUSIN KNOW DO YOU? AFTER MURDERING TWO PEOPLE. NOW WHAT IF SOMEONE HAD MURDER YOUR COUSIN AND THEY FAMILY SAID THAT THE PERSON WHO MURDER YOUR COUSIN WAS A GOOD PERSON HOW WOULD YOU FEEL? RIGHT!!!!!!!

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