Victims’ friend: Accused murders are ‘diabolical’

The crowd inside the packed Joliet courtroom watched on a small TV screen in silence as the four defendants made their brief appearances via teleconference, one after another.

19-year-old Adam Landerman, the son of a Joliet Police sergeant.

18-year-old Alisa Massaro, who lived in the house where the murders are believed what happened last week.

24-year-old Joshua Miner and 18-year-old Bethany McKee said very little to the judge Monday afternoon.

All four are charged with first-degree murder in the strangulation deaths of 22-year-old friends Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, who police say were robbed, killed and partially dismembered at the house on Hickory Street. Both victims went there to hang out.

“He was over there chillin’ with them and everything,” said Casey Smith, a friend of Rankins. “It’s not like he didn’t know them. He knew the females, not the guys, the females. They just set them up pretty much.”

Joliet police were tipped off by McKee after she left the house on Thursday. Police found the other three defendants still partying and playing video games inside of the house, while the bodies of Eric and Terrence were still inside.

“This is something that has been brewing in their system a long time. That was some diabolical acting right there and we need justice right now,” said George Leftridge, a friend of both victims.

The victims’ parents, also inside of the courtroom Monday, cried after seeing those accused.

“What reason?” asked Eric Glover’s mother, holding up a picture of her son.

“That’s the biggest question,” said Glover’s stepfather, Bobby Jones, “Why did you do this to our son and his friend?”

Will County states Attorney James Glasgow says he will personally prosecute this case and called on any possible racial tensions to subside.

The four defendants will appear again in Will County Court on February 5th, after the case goes before a grand jury for indictments.

22 comments

  • Tired of Morons

    Will County states Attorney James Glasgow says he will personally prosecute this case. Well aren't we lucky. Why don't you take more control of you child court attorneys who let kids leave to parents with a violent and drug history you useless piece of shit.

  • McCarthy

    Why not tell us the job description of the rest of the fathers? Only the police sergeant gets mentioned. Here's the thing, the father did not have anything to do with this, we are not responsible for others in our family when they are adult age.

    • PJ & JP

      His mother is a Joliet Police Sergeant, not his father. Agreed that the media should not mention parents' occupation, because the fact that he is a cop's kid does not mean he knows right from wrong any better than a doctor's kid. This is all about unsupervised teenagers taking drugs.

  • Cj

    This is a horrible horrible tragic… I prey for all of the family’s involved. The kids that got killed may they R.I.P… :( I do need to say one thing about the sons mother who is an officer… Julie is one of the most kind hearted person I have ever meet. She is a fantastic mother and a great roll model for the police department. Everyone seems to forget that this women goes to work every day and puts her life on the line to try to keep the street safe. Just Because her son is fucked on the head dosent mean people can point fingers at her!! Do u people honestly think she is ok with this??? The answer is HELL NO!!!!! If you were in danger and she was called to the 911 she would b there to protect u!! Lets not focus on the cops mother and focus on the poor family’s that need our thoughts and help to help them get thru a tragic time. I want to say thank u Julie for putting your life on line for all of us!!!

    • MR WHO

      KEEP TELLING YOURSELF THAT……DID YOU KNOW HER WHEN SHE WAS RAISING HIM ON HER OWN?? WHEN SHE HANDED HIM OFF TO WHOEVER SHE COULD, WHENEVER SHE COULD?? SHE GAVE UP ON ADAM A LONG TIME AGO – WHY DO YOU THINK HE WASN'T LIVING AT HOME??? I LIVED IT FIRST HAND – HE HAS PROBLEMS AND IF A PILL DIDN'T FIX IT, SHE SHUTTLED HIM OFF TO LINDEN OAKS. WHEN HER DAUGHTER WAS BORN, IT ONLY GOT WORSE FOR ADAM. HE IS LUCKY HIS GRANDPARENTS NEVER GAVE UP ON HIM, BUT SADLY IT WASN'T ENOUGH. ADAM NEEDED SERIOUS HELP. ALL SHE EVER CARED ABOUT WAS HER CAREER AND HE DID NOT FIT IN THE PLAN.

      • Mr. WHOWHO

        Oh, poor, poor Adam:( If he was so miserable, why didn't he just kill HIMSELF instead of killing two unsuspecting victims?? USELESS PIECE OF SHIT LOSER IS WHAT HE IS!!! And 3 useless no-mind followers were with him!!!! They should all be euthanized.

      • kelbo

        that still is no excuse to kill ppl.the problem is ppl. always trying to cover up from the truth. she has nothing to do with his actions.he made that bed his damn self. you talking as if that is your cousins
        .adam knew right from wrong. ppl. like you should never be a parent of any kind if you are making excuses for poor little adam

  • No Mercy

    Terrible spelling/grammar.

    Nearly every article I read here has embarrassing spelling mistakes and errors. As I type my browser automatically fixes spelling mistakes, no excuse really.

  • Brians440

    "called on any possible racial tensions to subside."

    Racial tensions? What? So, if a black person is killed by a white person there could be racial tensions, yet when blacks kill whites nothing is ever mentioned. Huh…..

  • Tired of the Morons

    "James Glasgow says he will personally prosecute this case" Oh Goody, big mouth is going to get off his throne. Doesn't give a damn about 4 year olds.

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