Friday, March 1, 2013
Judge Gerald Kinney also wants prosecutors and attorneys representing the four murder defendants to investigate the supposed leak.
The judge presiding over the Hickory Street double murder case put a gag order on all the attorneys involved and instructed them to investigate an alleged leak of police reports that led to a series of stories published by Patch. "I don't think it's inappropriate to start the process of saying, 'Where did this come from?'" Judge Gerald Kinney said during a brief hearing Friday morning at the Will County Courthouse. "I do think we need steps to get to the bottom of it," Kinney said. "I don't know who did it but I think we need to make a good faith effort to find out, and where it goes it goes." Joliet lawyer Chuck Bretz, who represents one of the four charged with last month's murder of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, both 22, asked …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Patch obtained police reports detailing what allegedly transpired in the Hickory Street house in Joliet where two young men were choked to death in January.
Joliet Police and prosecutors have kept a tight lid on what happened in the Hickory Street home of Alisa Massaro the night two men were strangled and then left on the floor while their accused killers partied and played games. Patch obtained the police reports detailing what the two men and two women charged in the double murder supposedly told officers and detectives after the bodies of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins were found lifeless and hooded with plastic bags. This is the first in a series of stories about the tale those reports tell. Find more crime stories on our Facebook page
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Nightmare on Hickory Street, Part 1: 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 obtained by Patch 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…
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The cell phone supposedly used to report the murders of two Joliet men has not been located, a source said.
An extensive search along Interstate 80 for an alleged killer's cell phone in the wake of last month's double murder on Hickory Street came up empty, a source said. The missing phone is the same one 18-year-old Bethany McKee supposedly used to call her father, Bill McKee of Shorewood, to let him know two young men were dead in the home of her friend Alisa Massaro, also 18. Bill McKee passed that information along to officers with the Shorewood Police Department, who in turn alerted the Joliet police, sources said. Joliet police officers then headed to Massaro's home on North Hickory Street and found the bodies of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, both 22. Plastic bags covered the heads of Rankins and Glover, a source said, and the two …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
The friends and families of two slain Joliet men saw their alleged killers in the flesh for the first time.
Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover were strangled to death nearly a month earlier, but just this week their friends and family finally got an in-person glimpse of the two young men and two young women charged with killing them. Adam Landerman, 19, Alisa Massaro, 18, Joshua Miner, 24, and Bethany McKee, 24, were brought to court together for their arraignments Tuesday morning. Each of the four faces six counts of first degree murder in connection with the slaying of Rankins and Glover, both 22. It was the second court appearance for Landerman, Massaro, Miner and McKee, but they were not in court for the prior date. They made that appearance via a closed circuit video hookup from the Will County jail. That was only one of the things going on …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Joliet Police Chief Mike Trafton has not released the names of the victims because families are still being notified; more details should be available this afternoon.
Update/Noon Friday: Joliet Police Chief Michael Trafton will be holding a press conference at 3:30 p.m. today to answer questions about the ongoing double-murder investigation. Check back this afternoon for more details. Update/9 a.m. Friday: Police Chief Michael Trafton announced this morning that the victims' names will not be publicly revealed until their families are notified. Suspects are in custody, he said in a short written comment, but he did not provide any details on if they have been charged or circumstances surrounding their deaths. Update/11 p.m.: Will County Coroner Patrick O'Neil confirms two unidentified men were found dead inside the house in what he termed a double homicide. Victims were declared dead at 8:30 p.m. …