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Hickory St. Murder Lawyers Trying to Put Editor on Stand

Defense attorneys in the Nightmare on Hickory Street Double Murder case trying to force me, Patch editor Joe Hosey, to give up a source need more time to work on it.

Clockwise from top left: Alisa Massaro, Joshua Miner, Bethany McKee and Adam Landerman. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department.
Clockwise from top left: Alisa Massaro, Joshua Miner, Bethany McKee and Adam Landerman. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department.

By Joseph Hosey

Defense lawyers in the Nightmare on Hickory Street double murder case need more time to try to put me, Patch editor Joe Hosey, on the witness stand.

Judge Gerald Kinney gave the attorneys for Bethany McKee, 18, of Shorewood until Aug. 7 to argue that I must be stripped of reporter's privilege and disclose how I obtained police reports filed in the aftermath of the double slaying on Hickory Street.

Patch published a series of exclusive stories based on the police reports. The series revealed shocking details about the grisly slayings of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, both 22. The two Joliet men were found strangled inside the Hickory Street home of 19-year-old Alisa Massaro in January. Massaro and McKee, along with Adam Landerman, 19, and Joshua Miner, 24, were charged with the murders.

After killing Rankins and Glover, Massaro and Miner had sex on top of 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. Miner reportedly intended to keep the dead men’s teeth as trophies.

If you want to see how other news outlets covered the hearing, here's a piece on SunTimes.com.

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Watchful Eye June 26, 2013 at 06:56 PM
IMO, the defense lawyers are wasting their time trying to uncover a news source, when it has nothing to do with saving their clients' butts. How and why did these individuals become so disconnected from the human race by committing the acts they did, and how can these attorneys save and/or rehabilitate them? Who cares who is the source of the true facts? Why did these sick idiots kill two people without a second thought and what are the attorneys going to do to defend them? Keep going after a news source? Yeah, that'll work. Not!

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