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L.A. Noire five-star walkthrough and newspaper guide

Arson Case 2: A Walk in Elysian Fields

Investigation: Morelli House Fire • Newspaper 10 • Interrogation: Dudley Forman • Investigation: Rancho Escondido • Interrogation: Leland Monroe • Investigation: Elysian Fleids • Investigation: Chapman's Apartment


Investigation: Morelli House Fire

Start out by examining what may be the most gruesome tableau L.A Noire has offered up to this point: the charred bodies of the Morelli family.

Next, look opposite them for a photo of what they looked like when they were alive.

After the cutscene, wander outside and look near the hole that's been blasted in the side of the house. You'll find another InstaHeat water heater.

Check it, and you'll see that our friend Varley was the last to service it. But he's still in jail. HMMMM.


Newspaper 10

Before leaving the Morelli lot to continue poking around in the neighbor's yard to the north, head over to the spot shown below for the next newspaper:

OK, now go poke around in the neighbor's yard to the north. Specifically around the shade of this tree.

Here, you'll find some suspicious boot prints...

... as well as some discarded cigarette butts.


Interrogation: Dudley Forman

Ask Forman about the Morelli fire witness report, and he'll pretend he didn't see anything. Doubt his statement. This will open up the topics Planned demolitions and Promotional travel contest.

Next, ask him about Suspicious activity (available only if you looked at the clues under his tree). Again, Doubt what he has to say.

Ask about Planned demolitions, and once again, he'll give you reason to Doubt.

Finally, ask about the Promotional travel contest. This time, he'll actually tell the Truth.

After he leaves, Biggs will walk up and show you a paper crane he found. Examine it closely, then unravel it to reveal a flyer.

Forman will give you a near-identical flyer he received, this time with a coupon and a phone number.

Before leaving, be sure to use the nearby gamewell.


Investigation: Rancho Escondido

After the fight, check along the wall of the burned house that the arrow's pointing to:

Pull out a brick and examine it closely.

When you replace it, the shoddy foundation wall comes crashing down. Time to pay Elysian Fields a visit.


Interrogation: Leland Monroe

After getting past Monroe's secretaries and taking in the splendor of the development models in his office, ask him about Elysian linked to arsons and you'll find that his squinty eyes and granddad demeanor make him incredibly hard to read. Nevertheless, your response should be Doubt.

Next, ask about the Promotional travel contest. This time, he'll Lie.

Show him the Elysian Fields flyers to pierce his pretend ignorance.

Next, ask about his Local land acquisitions. Your response this time should be Doubt.

Finally, ask him about the Rancho Escondido fire, and he'll Lie.

Bust out the Poor cement quality and see what he has to say for himself.


Investigation: Elysian Fields

As you leave Monroe's office, his secretary will have a list of contractors waiting for you on her desk.

Read it and tap on the name Herbert Chapman to add it to evidence.

Before you leave, head through the double doors on the ground floor, where there's a telephone you can use.


Investigation: Chapman's Apartment

Finally, head over to see Chapman. He's not there, so check his van instead.

Inside, you'll find Moz-Kill coils, which, again, you should open up and have a look at.

Chapman also has some .45 ammo, a clear sign you should be on your guard...

... as well as some Elysian Fields vacation-contest flyers.

Once you're done searching, it's time for another chase. This time, you'll have to stop a trolley, which requires a bit of ramming and a lot of letting Biggs shoot out the wheels. When it finally stops, get ready for a quick gunfight, and the case will be finished.

Next page: House of Sticks 

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43 comments

  • Link_2666 - March 8, 2014 2:17 p.m.

    To anyone asking, they probably didn't include DLC cases because either 1) it wasn't out at the time and/or 2) five-starring the DLC cases isn't required for the 'Sheamus to the stars' achievement/trophy. Also, if you're having any trouble at all with five-starring anything, turn off the clue hints and action skipping in the options menu. Doing this will automatically boost your rating by 2 stars. I'm surprised they didn't mention it in the guide. Also, to the guy below me, the game was made to be linear because that's how the mood is set. You're playing a good cop upholding the law. The only way they could really open anything up would be to create a GTA-like free roam. In which case...just go play GTA. I realize the game itself does have free roam, but that's mostly for street crimes and collectibles. I personally enjoy the classic 1940s vibe and style in the game. It's just really cool to finally be able to play a game set in that era and with that sort of atmosphere.
  • SLee - July 24, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    "L.A. Noire isn’t really the sort of game you can play through once and be done with." I disagree. It is linear to a fault.
  • hal-walter - August 17, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    Thanks for this walkthrough. It simple and straight to the point.
  • larppinen - January 8, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    oouh sorry i see now :)
  • larppinen - January 8, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    A Marriage Made in Heaven i press that nothing happen wtf?????? just first case comes nothing else
  • scott-vickers-heffernan - November 11, 2011 8:06 a.m.

    after following the guide to the letter for some reason The Fallen Idol will NOT unlock for me. I have 5 star ratings on the previous two cases. Anyone have advice?
  • Zepaw - August 6, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    Thanks for the great guide. I could have played the game 50 times and not have gotten all the interviews correct.
  • batmanboy11 - July 28, 2011 2:51 a.m.

    This was very helpful! Great work again, Mikel.
  • batmanboy11 - July 6, 2011 7:33 a.m.

    This is really helpful. Thanks, Mikel!
  • onion - June 22, 2011 12:41 p.m.

    Superlative work lads. Well done.
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - June 17, 2011 9:58 p.m.

    @BLOODmuffins: Neither one of them did it. If you did everything else right, though, you should have gotten five stars for charging Rooney.
  • BLOODmuffins - June 15, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    I charged Rooney in The Golden Butterfly and but only got three stars because Moller did it
  • LaiskaPummi - June 2, 2011 11:35 a.m.

    Okay. I am currently replaying the white shoe slaying case (for the 3rd time) and I received the call about the sailor. For anyone else with this problem DO NOT GO TO HOBO CAMP when you first find out about it.
  • LaiskaPummi - June 2, 2011 11:06 a.m.

    I need help with WHite Shoe Slaying! I didn't get the message that the Sailor is at the Central station. I checked and he wasn't there. Case objectives told me to Locate Sailor! Only thing I did different was that I visited the Hobo Camp right after investigating the crime scene. And I even couldn't use the phone to check for messages. Only message that I got was about the yellow cab.
  • porjos - June 1, 2011 12:15 p.m.

    This walkthrough is a humdinger, and you've given me a third wind to play the game :) Thanks Mikel
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - June 1, 2011 3:25 a.m.

    @Austin_SJ: You're absolutely right. It's fixed now; thanks for pointing it out.
  • Austin_SJ - May 31, 2011 9:42 p.m.

    That apostrophe is in the wrong place for Steffans. WHY IS THERE NO EDIT POST FUNCTION?
  • Austin_SJ - May 31, 2011 9:40 p.m.

    Hey Mikel you've missed the second question from the Don Steffan's interview in "The Gas Man" case. The topic is suburban redevelopment fund and the answer is doubt.
  • sickyota - May 31, 2011 9:11 a.m.

    Thanks for the info Mikel! I finished The Naked City :D once again, great guide/walkthrough, you guys worked really hard on it!
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - May 31, 2011 8:43 a.m.

    @sickyota: The Naked City and Slip of the Tongue are both downloadable pre-order bonuses, which Rockstar didn't give us. As soon as we can get our hands on them, though, we'll either add them to this guide, or do a new one for DLC cases. Ditto for The Consul's Car on PS3, which is effectively delayed until the PSN store comes back online.

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