Arson Case 3: House of Sticks
Investigation: California Fire & Life • Interrogation: Elsa Lichtmann • Investigation: Elysian Fields Site • Investigation: Demolished House • Investigation: Keystone Film Studios • Investigation: Eysian Fields Site Two
Investigation: California Fire & Life
Look over Elsa's settlement letter to add it to your list of clues.
Next, look over the case file. Flip past the property slip and read through the accident report to add it to evidence.
Interrogation: Elsa Lichtmann
Ask Elsa bout the Disputed claim payout, and she'll give you an answer that you should respond to with Doubt.
Next, ask about her Connection to Buchwalter. Again, Doubt's the way to go.
Finally, ask about her Motive for dispute. This time, she'll give you the Truth.
Investigation: Elysian Fields Site
Head into the office and check the desk just past the door. There, you'll find a delivery receipt.
Next, check the other desk (where you found the memo in A Walk in Elysian Fields).
Here, you'll find an order-of-demolition letter...
... as well as another suspcious memo from Elysian Fields.
Investigation: Demolished House
After the fight, jog or drive over to the nearby demolished house site. All points of interest here are indicated by red flags.
Take a look at the one shown above, and you'll find some suspiciously flimsy-looking timber.
However, the only area you actually need to check is around the back of the wreck, where the arrow below is pointing:
Here, you'll be able to pick up and examine a few different broken timbers.
Choose the one on the bottom.
Match it up with the jagged hunk of wood on your left, and you'll have your next destination.
After the bulldozer minigame, use the nearby gamewell to get an address for Keystone.
Investigation: Keystone Film Studios
After the guard takes a powder, vault over the studio's front gate and keep an eye out to your left until you find the screening room.
Inside, look on the table to your right for a film canister.
It'll be empty. Naturally. Now where's that film?
It's in the projector (in the leather case), so go open it up.
Once the projector starts, you'll be confronted with two dials that control focus and speed, as well as a switch that controls the direction of the film.
Adjust them until the movie's understandable. Their final positions should look like this:
Before you leave the site, jump back over the front gates and then look across from the guard house to see a few piles of lumber. Hop the fence to get over to them.
First, check this pile:
There, you'll find a lumber delivery receipt for your clue index.
Next, check this pile, across the yard from the first one:
Here, you'll find a warning label identifying the wood as inferior.
Before you leave, use the phone in the guard station.
Investigation: Elysian Fields Site Two
There are a couple points of interest in the unfinished house (none of them necessary), but if you want, check out the lightswitch shown below, and the plumbing in the kitchen sink. Then head upstairs and get ready for a fight (which you will lose).
After getting a car, get ready to be chased. Drive aggressively and try to crash your pursuers off the road, and then make your way to the yellow flag once they're all .gone to finish the case.
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