With 147,433 people, Joliet is the fourth largest city in the state of Illinois.
After the savage strangling of two young men, two of the accused killers decided to have sex atop the corpses of the victims, police learned.
Joshua Miner remembered his teenage girlfriend confiding “years back that she wanted to have sex with a dead guy,” states a police report documenting last month’s double murder on Hickory Street.
That's why Miner got the idea to ask girlfriend Alisa Massaro to have sex with him on the corpses of two men he's accused of helping to kill, police said.
Massaro “made a smirk on her face” and said she didn’t want to, according to the reports, but when being questioned by police, she “later acknowledged she and Josh did have sexual intercourse on top of the bodies.”
The reports detail the differing versions of events described by the two young men and two young women—Miner, 24, Massaro, 18, Adam Landerman, 19, and Bethany McKee, 18—accused of luring two men to Massaro’s Hickory Street home and strangling them.
Police found the bodies of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, both 22, face down inside the house on Joliet’s near west side on the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 10.
Plastic bags were tied around the dead men’s heads, according to the reports. One of the men was bound, the other looked as if his hands had been tied at one time.
After the men were killed, McKee left Massaro’s house at least two times, according to statements in the police reports, including one trip to take her year-old child to a babysitter.
On her way out for one of these excursions, McKee reportedly saw Miner set the scene for his sex romp with Massaro.
“McKee related that during the night that Josh wanted to put the bodies together, which they did, side by side and they put something over the bodies, which was beige in color and they were going to have sex on top of the bodies,” a report said. “McKee relates that she did not stick around for that ..."
McKee also told police Landerman may have been involved, too.
“McKee did relate that she thought Adam and Alisa had sex because they were talking about having a three-way on top of the bodies that were laying on the floor,” a report stated.
“McKee relates that Alisa agreed with having sex on the bodies because she just wanted to go along with Josh and that they had been together a long time,” the report stated.
“McKee related during the whole interview that Josh was the one responsible for most of these actions and Adam had just followed along and had only known Josh for this past week but was more of the (follower) in this and Josh was more of the leader.”
McKee also reportedly told police that Miner “scared” her.
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 fucking ******, 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.