JOLIET, IL – Police say that three of the four young adults charged with the strangulation and attempted dismemberment of two men were found playing video games in the home where the victims’ bodies were found.
“This is one of the most brutal, heinous and upsetting things I’ve ever seen in my 27 years of law enforcement,” Police Chief Mike Trafton said. “Not only the crime scene, but the disregard for common decency toward human beings.”
On Thursday, Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22, were found strangled in a home after police received a call informing them that they may find two dead guys inside. The caller wasn’t lying, as police found Glover and Rankins dead when they entered the home, as well as evidence that someone tried dismembering their bodies.
Police also found 19-year-old Adam Landerman, 18-year-old Alisa Massaro and 24-year-old Joshua Miner inside the home. The trio were very much alive and were playing video games. According to Trafton, they were “very much surprised” when police walked in on them. Another teen, 18-year-old Bethany McKee, was picked up in another town. She had allegedly left the home before police arrived.
Cmdr. Brian Benton said the plan was to lure Glover and Rankins to the house in order to rob them of cash. The two men were killed by physical strangulation and no rope or cord was used. All four have been charged with first-degree murder and are being held on $10 million bond.
Friends and family of Rankins and Glover, who were best friends, said the men were lured to the home by Massaro and McKee. Casey Smith said Rankins called Wednesday evening joking that the two girls told him and Glover they’d been kidnapped and “ain’t going home tonight.”
Rankins’ mother said that her son knew the accused, but was not friends with them. When he did not return home Thursday, she tried have her cellphone provider trace the location of her son’s phone, but they were only able to provide her with the last number to call her Rankin’s phone — at 8:49 pm Wendnesday — and that number belonged to McKee.
None of the accused teens have a criminal record, and Landerman is the son of Joliet Police Sgt. Julie Landerman (who Tafton assured has not been allowed anywhere near the case against her son). But Miner… well, let’s just say Miner has an interesting criminal history.
In 2007, Miner spent a few days in jail after stealing some sneakers at the mall. He was also convicted of misdemeanor unauthorized videotaping and was sentenced to a year of conditional discharge. This misdemeanor charge was originally a felony child pornography charge.
See, in 2005, when Miner was 16, he allegedly recorded 26-year-old Ivon Walsh as she “placed her tongue in the vagina” of an underage girl. He also recorded a man having sex with the girl. The felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor because, according to the courts, child pornography is a crime that a juvenile cannot be charged with as an adult.
In 2009, Walsh sought a protective order against Miner, claiming he threatened to strangle her 6-month-old daughter with her intestines.
“If u yell at me again u cheating bitch I will cut your stomach open, pull out your (intestines) as you lye bleeding, make a turnakit, put it around the little bitch of a daughter that should have been mine(‘s) throat and hang her,” Walsh said in her written statement. She also accused Miner of burning an upside down cross on her right ass cheek, alongside a swastika.
If you are wondering what kind of young people would commit a double murder and be found by police the next day playing video games in a house with the corpses, here’s your answer: