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Friend of Victim in Double Murder Says 'They didn't Deserve to Die'

The four charged with last week's brutal double murder appeared in court as the families of two slain men wonder why they were killed.

The two young men and two young women charged with strangling two friends to death and then enjoying a night together without thought for the corpses in the house appeared in court for the first time with lawyers this afternoon.

Judge Roger Rickmon kept the bond for the four—Joshua Miner, 24, Adam Landerman, 19, Bethany McKee, 18, and Alisa Massaro, 18—at $10 million. The four appeared by video broadcast from the Will County jail. Landerman was the only one to speak beyond acknowledging they could hear and understand Judge Rickmon. Landerman told the judge he did not have a lawyer and was informed that he was being represented by the public defender.

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Miner, Landerman, McKee and Massaro allegedly lured Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22, into Massaro's 1121 N. Hickory St. home and then strangled them to death. They planned to dismember Glover and Rankins, police said.

Cops were reportedly tipped off that there were bodies in Massaro's home. When they went to investigate, they saw the tip was solid, and also found Miner, Massaro and Landerman in the house playing video games with the corpses of Glover and Rankins nearby, police said.

After killing Rankins and Glover, said Joliet Police Chief Mike Trafton, Miner, Massaro, Landerman and McKee "continued the party atmosphere."

Detectives from the Joliet Police Department investigated the killings and arrested Miner, McKee, Massaro and Landerman, who is the son of Joliet police Sgt. Julie Larson.

No details of the killings were provided during this afternoon's bond hearing. Attorney George Lenard filed an appearance to represent Massaro and Charles Bretz filed for McKee. Public Defender Eric Berg took the cases of Landerman and Miner for his office.

After the hearing, one of Rankins' friends cried out about the senselessness of the killings.

"He just didn't deserve it," said the friend, Martin Williams. "Not him or Eric deserved it."

Williams said he was friends with Rankins throughout high school and also knew Glover.

"I just don't understand this whole situation," said Williams, who claims he and the group he was with were stopped from praying in the courthouse hallway.

"It hurt my heart," he said, adding, "They would not let us pray, bro."

Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said he will prosecute the case himself.

"This is my home," Glasgow said. "My children live here."

Glasgow also cautioned against vigilante justice as he stood outside the Will County Courthouse, saying, "The proper place for prosecution and punishment is right here."

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Realist January 16, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Ironically, on multiple levels, I watched a two hour special the night before on the "helter skelter" murders 40 years ago. I have read a number of posts here and come to this,,,, While it is painfully obvious as well as TOO DAM EASY for us ALL to get caught up in the somatics of this incident...the bottom line is that NONE of these murders had nothing to to with race, color or creed outside of motivation. These people have no "value of LIFE". Be it their own or others. It is the decay and break down of main stream society due directly to the fact that our government "values", "they're" existence instead of condemning it. (to the grave) despite they're "withdrawls from society vs. "contribution" to it ! Even behind bars these these people are allow to continue AFFECT US long after they commit these crimes. Our GOVERNMENT (NOT the president...he is but a puppet on a throne) and THE MEDIA are responsible for these atrocities because one gives sanctuary to these "bad seeds" (putting it mildly) while the other one "waters" these seeds and spreads their disease like wild fire via internet, TV and radio. When I was in the Marine Corp. I learned a couple of key things very quickly...When in battle (or "life") If your existence was dependent on the man or men next to you, you didn't care what color skin they had or where they came from. NOR did I ! We "took care of each other" ...because we "valued" our lives and those we fought with. We were ALL "on the same team".
Realist January 16, 2013 at 07:43 PM
....When I went overseas, I got to hold starving babies in my arms. Babies that are naked for the first year or two of they're lives because there is no money to clothe them. In my years since I have seen the very same thing in our own country. People clinging to "life". Young and old. Sadly, I still don't understand how or why man though out time chooses to "kill" in order to settle disputes on any level. My point being..."life" is fragile. But we ALL "want" to live ! We ALL have a right to "live". Until you "take" life unjustly. So for me, it makes perfect sense to exterminate "with prejudice" ANYONE convicted of "failure to value and appreciate LIFE" to the point of murdering or even attempting to murder another human being. We obviously can't "just all get along". But we a ALL have the ability to walk away. We ALL have 24 hours in a day. What we "choose" to do with that time is what defines us more than anything else. We have the power to "create" good choices... or bad. But with all the crap on TV these days I think we should ALL hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
eLAINE 10 January 20, 2013 at 05:21 PM
This case is horrific my heart goes out to the victims families. People choose to always want to bring up the record of black folk once thy've past. What does that mean? Just because you have a record doesn't justifiy someone taking your life. What really matters in this case is two young men were killed and viciously. For what reason? LET GET TO THE CASE AT HAND AND PERSECUTE THE PEOPLE TO THE FULLIEST EXTEND OF THE LAW!!!!!
protecting the future of my kids January 20, 2013 at 08:37 PM
http://www.causes.com/actions/1725776?recruiter_id=113137674&utm_campaign=invite&utm_medium=wall&utm_source=fb%C2%A0Sign Anybody want to sign the online petition to make an exception to the Illinois Death Penalty?
KIM March 17, 2013 at 09:09 AM
POINT BLANK THESE TWO YOUNG MEN WERE MURDER .... THE FOUR THAT DONE IT WILL GET WHAT THEY DESERVE..... NOTHING ELSE MATTER...." MY HEARTS GOES OUT TO THE LOST OF THE FAMILY".

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