Families of Slain Joliet Men Hold Vigil Outside Hickory Street Nightmare Murder House

The families of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover held a candlelight vigil to mark the anniversary of their deaths.

The vigil held in memory of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover. Credit: Joseph Hosey
The vigil held in memory of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover. Credit: Joseph Hosey
One year after the loved ones of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover last saw them alive, friends and family gathered outside the Joliet house where police found the two young men murdered.

"They're gone but they're in a better place," said Rankins' uncle Darcy Kent. "They're in a place we strive to be."

Rankins and Glover, both 22, were found dead in the North Hickory Street home of Alisa Massaro, 19.

According to police reports obtained exclusively by Patch, Massaro and her friend Bethany McKee, also 19, lured Rankins and Glover to the house. After they arrived, two men who were hanging out with the women—Joshua Miner, 25, and Landerman, 20—throttled Rankins and Glover, killing them, police said.

After the murders, Massaro and Miner had sex atop the dead men’s bodies, the reports said. The four then concocted a plan to dismember the corpses of their victims and began procuring supplies, including a blowtorch, to carry out the plan, the reports said. Miner reportedly intended to keep the dead men’s teeth as trophies.

Landerman, Massaro, McKee and Miner never got around to actually cutting up the bodies, police said. Three of them reportedly were in the home with the two corpses when the law arrived the day after the killings.

The Joliet police chief at the time of the murders, Mike Trafton, called the killings "one of the most brutal, heinous, really upsetting things" he had experienced in his career.

Landerman, Massaro, McKee and Miner all have been locked up in the county jail awaiting trial on murder charges. Bobby Jones, the husband of Glover's mother, call the four "monsters."

After praying, placing candles in front of Massaro's home and singing, the combined friends and families of Rankins and Glover recalled happy memories of the two friends and observed a moment of silence.

Tears were shed during the vigil.

"It's OK to cry," Kent said. "That's what God made tears for."

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