Two women stood by slaying suspect Joshua Miner despite claims of abuse
BY JANET LUNDQUIST AND BRIAN STANLEY Staff Reporters January 17, 2013 5:40PM
Joshua Miner and Alisa Massaro are shown in this photo from social media.
Updated: February 19, 2013 2:14PM
Two of Joshua Miner’s ex-girlfriends apparently had a magnetic attraction to him, continuing to party with the accused killer despite their allegations that he abused them.
Miner, 24, of Joliet, has been charged with murder for the deaths of Eric Glover, 22, and Terrance Rankins, 22, of Joliet. Also charged are Alisa Massaro, 18, and Adam Landerman, 19, both of Joliet; and Bethany McKee, 18, of Shorewood.
The four lured the victims to the Massaro’s house in Joliet with plans to rob them but strangled both, police said. All four are being held in the Will County jail in lieu of $10 million bail, and are due back in Will County court Feb. 5.
Massaro previously dated Miner, and once, with her father’s help, tried to obtain an order of protection against him.
Ivon D. Gurrola, 27, who also goes by the name Dorian Walsh, also once dated — and tried to get an order of protection against — Miner.
But Gurrola was hanging around with Miner as recently as last spring, according to Gurrola’s former landlord.
Cindy Cole rented a Broadway Street apartment to Gurrola but evicted her last spring after she got fed up with the wild parties Gurrola and Miner threw, Cole said.
On Tuesday, police showed up at Cole’s building looking to talk to Gurrola in connection with the murders, Cole said. Joliet police would not confirm they are looking to talk to Gurrola.
Reached at her home near Plainfield Thursday, Gurrola declined to talk to a reporter.
The lower-level apartment Gurrola rented was the scene of many a wild night — and early morning, Cole said, with groups of young people screaming, fighting, throwing people around and running through the alley.
Gurrola and Miner fought, Cole said, but they continued to hang out.
Cole said she once made Gurrola wash off a concrete step outside the building where Gurrola had written her own name in blood.
“She had to go. She just had too many strange people around here,” Cole said. “This was like party central,” Cole said.
Before they faced murder charges, local police were familiar with the suspects.
Miner’s first reported arrest was in July 2005 on a shoplifting charge in Joliet.
Then, on Oct. 29, 2005, he was present when police responded to a complaint of underage drinking at a room in Motel 6, 1850 McDonough St.
Cmdr. Brian Benton said officers who entered the room found some beer cans, Miner, Gurrola — then 19 — and a 25-year-old Joliet man who had rented the room. Also in the room was a 16-year-old Wilmington girl who came out of the bathroom in a towel, Benton said.
The girl later told police Miner had just videotaped her having sex with Gurrola. He had also recorded her having sex with her then-16-year-old boyfriend in the motel room earlier that week.
When Miner was told he would be arrested for child pornography, he struggled with police before being handcuffed, Benton said. At the police station, he admitted to videotaping the girl, Benton said.
He eventually pleaded guilty to unauthorized videotaping and received a year on conditional discharge. The charge was reduced in part because at the time Miner did not have an extensive criminal record, and the victim did not want to pursue charges, authorities said.
Records show Gurrola was charged with criminal sexual abuse in connection with the hotel sex video. She pleaded guilty in April 2009 to battery, was sentenced to 38 days in jail and a year on probation, and was ordered to undergo sex offender counseling. The man who rented the room was not charged.
Miner was arrested again for burglary from a motor vehicle in January 2007, shoplifting in July 2007, violating curfew in June 2009 and residential burglary in July 2010. He was sentenced to prison for the residential burglary, though he ended up in the Department of Corrections’ boot camp program instead.
Police sources said he was also suspected of battery in November 2006 and July 2007, domestic battery in May 2007 and May 2010, and motor vehicle theft in Oct. 2007.
At the time of his arrest last week, Landerman was facing an underage drinking charge in Plainfield from December. During his arraignment, Judge Ray Nash ordered Landerman to write a three-page essay and watch the movies “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “A Few Good Men,” court records show. He is scheduled to appear in court on that charge Feb. 20.
Shorewood Police Chief Aaron Klima said officers have had “numerous” contacts with McKee over the years as a victim, suspect and habitual runaway. Klima could not offer further information since most of those incidents occurred when McKee was a juvenile.
Records show Massaro has no previous criminal history besides curfew violations.
Gurrola may have moved on from Broadway Street, but she is apparently keeping an eye on her ex.
On Jan. 12, she posted, “I dated a serial killer!!!!!!” on her Facebook page.
She also posted a link to a news report about the murders and wrote, “I used to date joshua miner!!! I’m not surpised!”
“I was so shocked he called my sister the day b4 and asked to stop by that could have been my family dead real s--- man,” she wrote.