From Rape to Robbery: Accused Killers Changed Their Story

Nightmare on Hickory Street, Part 2: When questioned by detectives, suspects in the double murder told stories of stopping a rape, but later admitted to a robbery that ended in death, police said.

  While stories told by the four charged with the Hickory Street double murder differ, with the alleged killers not only contradicting each other but also themselves, it appears Bethany McKee was friends with Terrance Rankins and invited him to Alisa Massaro’s home the night of Jan. 9.

A resident of Shorewood, where she lived with her parents and siblings, McKee had been staying at the home of Massaro and Massaro’s father for a number of days.

Rankins arrived with his friend Eric Glover, who Massaro believed was his cousin. The two men were under the impression they were going to have sex with Massaro and McKee, she said, but after showing up, they settled in to drink, smoke marijuana and play video games.

Joshua Miner told Joliet Police McKee invited Rankins and Glover over with instructions to “bring booze and weed.” They showed up about 10 p.m., played Grand Theft Auto and drank, a police report states.

Miner reportedly told police he was on the floor with Massaro and McKee was on a bed fooling around with the “bald” guest, Rankins. McKee told him to stop, Miner said in a report, but Rankins pulled her pants off, prompting Miner to get up and say, “You f------ n-----, get off her.”

“Miner then punched him in the side of the head,” a report said.

In the ensuing fight, Miner choked Rankins until he went limp, according to the police report. While Miner and Rankins were grappling, Glover kicked Miner in the head, according to the police report, and Adam Landerman then grabbed Glover and choked him to death as well.

Miner reportedly told police Landerman jumped on the backs of the dead men.
“Miner described Landerman’s actions as surfing on the bodies,” and told how “they released a gasp of air, and possibly feces as well, as he stated it smelled,” according to a report.

Landerman reportedly told police he helped Miner “hog tie” one of the dead men with dirty laundry in case he came to, then “heard a gasp or "zombie noise" from the victim and then didn’t hear anything else from the victim. He realized then the man had been killed.”

McKee and Massaro had departed before the violence started, the reports said, and when they returned were afraid the bodies “would reach out and grab them. (Landerman) stated that at this point, both of the individuals were hog-tied, one with cloth material and the other with an extension cord.”

The officers first sent to the Hickory Street house to investigate a report of two dead men inside entered through the open front door and met Massaro. She told officers there were two people in her house: Miner upstairs and Landerman down in the basement.

Officers checked the basement and saw no one, a report said, but did hear Miner calling for them to come on up, that he was in the bedroom.

An officer wrote that he walked in and saw Miner “sitting on the couch smoking a cigarette. Miner made the statement, ‘I did the guy with the dreadlocks.’” That was Glover. Miner reportedly told the cops Landerman killed the other one. He claimed the man he killed was “trying to rape one of the girls,” a report said.

While the accused killers reportedly started with a story about an attempted rape, the police were apparently skeptical. For one thing, Miner couldn’t even keep straight which man he supposedly killed, according to reports. After questioning by police, the four conceded the plan was to rob Rankins and Glover.

Massaro reportedly told police McKee knew a man who sold drugs and “kept a lot of money on him.” Detectives asked her what she meant by a “lot of money,” and she “stated approximately $100.”

McKee called the man, who reports identified as Rankins, and he ended up bringing Glover along to Massaro’s house. After the men were dead, according to reports, Miner searched them for drugs and money. He took about $10 and “small baggies of weed” off Rankins, a report said, and found around $100 and cocaine in a front pocket of Glover’s pants.

What Should You Read Next?

  • Nightmare on Hickory Street Part 1: Sex on the Bodies
  • Return to the Home Page of our Nightmare on Hickory Street report
  • Past Patch coverage of the Joliet Double Murder

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Colette Revels February 27, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Where are the mothers of these sick animals espically the cop
GlockG22Shoots40s February 27, 2013 at 01:39 PM
do you really need to stoop to his level?
Dawn February 27, 2013 at 02:42 PM
From another article it stated that Massaro's father was asleep in the basement while this all took place. When the police show up they look in the basement but don't see anyone because Landerman was hiding. When did the father leave the basement and where did he go?
Tina February 27, 2013 at 03:12 PM
I find it hard to believe that Eric could be strangled by Landerman. He was a lot bigger and a football player. Noway that skinny psycho did that by himself. And all those vile comments by Troy should be taken off here. Having an opinion is one thing but those comments are just ignorant and disgusting.
Breal February 27, 2013 at 05:32 PM
A drug dealer? Please... Troy apparently lives in a box or I should say in the 1900s. He has no clue of reality unless its reality tv shows. I myself dont condone any kind of violence no matter who are what the person is. these kids who did this are sick and need help or I should say need Jesus!
Breal February 27, 2013 at 05:33 PM
johnqpublic February 27, 2013 at 08:26 PM
It's not supposed to be a joke, and yes disgusting is how I felt after reading this.
Angel39 February 27, 2013 at 11:52 PM
My son was not a drug dealer u dum a--
Angel39 February 27, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Troy boy no what u talking about my son Eric was not a drug dealer u dum a-- no what u talking about u dum a--
Angel39 February 28, 2013 at 12:05 AM
R u talking s--- let me tell u something no but he wasn't a drug dealer I tell u that u f--- face its fools like u they don't no nothing he change I his life around them fools trying to change the store in fools like u believe it that's funny
Angel39 February 28, 2013 at 12:12 AM
U better not never talk about my son freedom of speech is gone for fools like u
OnALighterNote February 28, 2013 at 01:36 AM
Oh... the things we don't know about the people we are related to... The things we don't know that actually happened... The things that these kids endured as they grew... The things they don't know about each other... The facts we don't have, but we sure have opinions... Assumptions are plaguing this story... If only you all would remember one thing... You sound stupid manipulating the story. Stop assuming you know anything at all. Stop judging from any side of this gruesome crime. You don't know the actual evidence that does or does not exist, so the more you assume, judge, persecute and spout hateful spiteful things full of revenge or attempting to defend or prosecute, the dumber you make yourself look.
Concerned Citizen February 28, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Such a sad story all around. Two people lost their lives and four others will loose their freedom which they do deserve. The action of one ignited the blaze with the others following suit. All it took is was sane person to put out the fire before it went roaring. I don't know these people nor their parents, but as a parent you talk with your children as they grow about the dangers out there in the world. The first lesson being about other people who may want to cause harm to little kids. As they get a little older, you talk to them about the dangers of drugs with the hopes they will keep to their promise and will never try them. You discuss with them about respecting and talking to others in the same manner they expect to be treated. The list of parent discussions just goes on and on. You HOPE they will INSTILL these lessons in THEMSELVES, so you know you were succesful at your job. As a parent figure of a young adult child, you should know how much freedom to give that adult child in your home. If you have any idea your child is mixed up in drugs or hangs out with the wrong crowd, YOU should not be leaving the job site. If you no longer know who your young adult child is hanging out with and/or think they are a carefree wild child, you should not be leaving this TYPE of a young adult to run fancy free in your home. As a parent, I feel for the parents of these young adults who were part of this horrific story deceased and alive.
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Wendell February 28, 2013 at 08:45 PM
"The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn't exist!! And like that, he's gone!!" The murders of Terrance and Eric is the work of the devil, and he's doing the disappearing act by making this a hate crime, got white people saying very hateful things about the victims to get a reaction from black people. This was a demonic killing people!! so can we as a people, out of respect for the families of the victims, can we all cool out with the racial taunts at each other??? This is the day and time when the world, especially Illinois need to embrace our kids of all races, and pray!! If you keep up current events, victims and suspects are getting younger and younger!! Be Blessed everyone!!!
Bobby P March 03, 2013 at 01:52 AM
You are an idiot. Seriously you sicken me with your comment. Pathetic keyboard warrior. I would love to get a chance to see you say that to anyone in person. Sick
Bobby P March 03, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Troy boy I find you to be about as sick as these 4 weirdos. Keyboard troll warrior. I am white and feel terrible that you breath the same air as me. Pathetic. Seriously man pathetic.
Bobby P March 03, 2013 at 02:00 AM
The reason we are not getting the real story is one of the offenders mom is a joliet cop. If that was not the case we would have much more info. FACT!
Henry Lowery March 06, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
adultpower March 15, 2013 at 09:29 AM
No way that dork strangled soneone to death...and who would have sex with either of those two pigs?? Only a black guy
nina March 15, 2013 at 06:11 PM
first learn how to spell. (someone) why only a black guy
nina March 15, 2013 at 06:20 PM
what does her weight have to do with anything, theres someone for everybody. my point, youre mother had u right.
joseph March 15, 2013 at 09:05 PM
holy shyt this niggah josh is my homie and wrappy on my residential burglary case i just got out yesterday he got out august we were just kikn then at shawnee
joseph March 15, 2013 at 09:06 PM
lasha traylor March 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM
To all who reads this who wants to take some sex from white trash!!! All the kids looked like trash nasty,nasty hey dummies your parent is the police you could have called her but you took the law in your own hands you should NEVER see the light of day we have young black men in prison 4 life for drugs let all see what they get 4 there crime !! Why should they get special treatment for murder put them in with all of the other inmates those 2 men had no choice about there life why the law care about these young people life let them fight 4 there life everyday at least they have a life put them in general population so they can feel fear like Eric and Terrance when they choked the life out of them let them see fear for the rest of there life to the mothers and also the fathers of both victims my prayers and heart goes to you !!
Satan April 05, 2013 at 09:55 PM
I was locked up with josh in juvee and I can tell you for a pure fact he did not do this that kid would not hurt a fly! We would tease him about why his cop mom couldn't get him out he was alright but weird and I always thought he might of been gay, but in all honesty he was a sissy and 1 of those guys played football and the other a wrestler and both black monkeys he would never try that would get his butt whipped! Media is making this story up news must be slow anyone doesn't believe me I have pics of the kid from a cell phone my girl snuck in to me he is playing cards in both the pics I have.
Satan April 05, 2013 at 09:56 PM
P.s. free josh!!!!!!!!!!
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