Pathologist: Strangulation Victims Didn't Fight Back

Dr. Valerie Arangelovich performed the autopsies on Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins and said both men suffered blunt-force trauma to the head

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    8/11/2014: Dr. Valerie Arangelovich performed the autopsies on Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins and said both men suffered blunt-force trauma to the head. NBC 5's Anthony Ponce reports. (Published Monday, Aug 11, 2014)

    Two men who were strangled to death in a Joliet home last year didn't fight back during the attack, a forensic pathologist testified as prosecutors continued their case against Bethany McKee.

    McKee, 20, is one of four people charged in the January 2013 deaths of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22.

    Dr. Valerie Arangelovich performed the autopsies on both men and said plastic bags were used to smother or suffocate them after they suffered blunt-force trauma to the head. Both men lacked any sign of defensive injuries, she said, indicating they were unable to fight back.

    McKee's former friend, Alisa Massaro, testified last week that the men were killed because she and her friends needed money.

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    "We ran out of cigarettes and had no more money for alcohol," she told the court last week. "Robbery was the last decision made."

    Massaro has already pleaded guilty to the crime. Two other men, Adam Landerman and Joshua Miner, are also accused of luring Rankins and Glover to the house, robbing and strangling them and then playing video games until police arrived.

    Massaro's father, Phillip Massaro, was at home when the two men were killed. On the stand last week Wednesday, he recalled hearing "wrestling" but said he didn't know what was happening at the time.

    The women told Phillip Massaro the noise he heard was a TV falling off a dresser.

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    In a police interview played for the court, McKee told disturbing tales of sex on corpses, liquor-bottle beatings, racial epithets and sick fantasies of wearing a victim’s face as a mask.

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