Star witness in double-murder murder trial testifies against ‘friend’

Written By BY JON SEIDEL Staff Reporter Posted: 08/07/2014, 07:28am

Alisa Massaro wrote that she’d rather live under a bridge than be in jail.

She wrote that she’s “willing to do anything” just to see her parents again.

And finally, she wrote in a letter that she’s “not dumb enough to be in jail for the rest of my life.”

Excerpts of those jailhouse writings were exposed Thursday with Massaro on the witness stand in a Will County courtroom, where she appeared Thursday to testify against “my friend, Bethany.”

Bethany McKee, 20, is on trial for the murders of two men and faces life in prison if she’s convicted. Massaro once faced the same consequence, but she took a plea deal instead— and she agreed to testify against McKee.

Now Massaro, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbery and concealing a homicide, is eligible for release in less than four years.

Massaro testified McKee agreed to the robbery of 22­-year-­olds Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover at Massaro’s home on Hickory Street in Joliet. That January 2013 robbery turned fatal.

Also charged in the killings are 26­-year-­old Joshua Miner and 21-­year-­old Adam Landerman.

Sordid details of the aftermath of the killings have also been revealed in court. But Massaro denied Thursday the long held allegation that she had sex on the corpses.

“I did not,” Massaro said.

Massaro told McKee’s attorney, Chuck Bretz, she would have told the truth without the plea deal.

“And you really expect us to believe that?” Bretz said.

Time and time again, Bretz pointed out the many times Massaro lied to police after the bodies of Rankins and Glover were found in her home. She lied “more times than I can count,” Bretz said.

But Massaro said she had a revelation after her arrest.

“I realized how important the truth is,” Massaro said. “It sets you free.”

She said she lied to police after her arrest because she was scared and “didn’t want to remember” what happened. Since her arrest she said she’s been diagnosed with anxiety and depression.

Bretz accused Massaro of throwing McKee “under the bus,” and he brought her to tears.

“We’re supposed to feel sorry for you?” Bretz said.

Massaro began her testimony by giving more chilling details about the murders. She said she persuaded McKee to leave the room after she got a signal from Miner, who prosecutors say teamed up with his friend, Landerman, to strangle and beat Rankins and Glover for money.

Massaro showed a Will County judge what the signal was by sliding the fingers of her right hand across her throat.

“It meant to get out of the room and let them do what they had to do,” Massaro explained.

They went downstairs, and her father asked about the noise from upstairs. After making an excuse, Massaro said she went back upstairs to find the door locked.

But behind the door, she testified, she heard the voice of Miner saying: “Die, die.”

Massaro said she and McKee left the house for 10 to 15 minutes, and when they returned, Miner and Landerman were still there, but she didn’t immediately see the bodies.

But soon, she saw them “in my old bedroom.”

“They weren’t moving,” she said, her voice breaking.


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