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

Traffic case 3: The Fallen Idol

Investigation: Crash site • Interrogation: June Ballard • Investigation: Central Receiving Hospital • Interrogation: Jessica Hamilton • Investigation: Mark Bishop's apartment • Interrogation: Gloria Bishop • Investigation: Silver Screen Props • Newspaper 4 • Interrogation: Marlon Hopgood 

Investigation: Crash site

Head down the hill to examine the crashed car. The evidence is laid out on the trunk.

Examine the ripped underwear. Resist the temptation to make it do a little dance.

Examine the handbag, and you'll find a note from the victim's mother.

Just for good measure, take a look in the front seat to see a splatter of blood.

Before you leave, talk to the coroner, who'll hand you a shrunken head. Turn it until Cole focuses in on its face.

Interrogation: June Ballard

June isn't a very forthcoming person. When you ask her about the Doping allegation, you should Doubt her reply. This opens up the topic Suspect 'Mark Bishop.'

Ask her about her Injured female passenger, and she'll tell you a bald-faced Lie.

To back up your accusation, whip out the Underwear.

Ask her about the Fake shrunken head, and she'll hide something again. Doubt her story.

Finally, ask her about Suspect 'Mark Bishop.' Once again, Doubt is the correct response.


Investigation: Central Receiving Hospital

Before you interview Jessica Hamilton, check the chart at the foot of her bed to add Evidence of Abuse to your clues.


Interrogation: Jessica Hamilton

When asked about the Crash incident report, Jessica tells you a Lie.

Confront her with the Underwear or the Evidence of abuse; either one will work. This opens up the topics Association with Bishop and Evidence of criminal abuse.

Ask her about her Contact with parents, and she'll Lie again.

When she denies it, show her the Letter from mother.

When asked about her Association with Bishop, you should Doubt what she says.

Finally, ask her about Evidence of criminal abuse. This time, she's actually telling the truth.

After leaving the hospital, you'll tail Ballard to a cafe, where you'll have to stay hidden at a table in order to hear her phone conversation. As soon as she leaves, get over to Mark Bishop's apartment as quickly as possible.


Investigation: Mark Bishop's apartment

Starting off in the sitting room, look at the cabinet near the radio for a photo of Mark Bishop and Marlon Hopgood. Examine it.

Next, walk into the hallway and examine the prop saddle.

Walk through the door to the right of the prop saddle, you'll see two points of interest: a photo and a replica of the Intolerance set. Examine both.

Finally, head into the bedroom and look on the floor for a discarded check. Examine it to add an important clue to your list.


Interrogation: Gloria Bishop

Asking her about the Domestic disturbance will net you a cagey reply, so hit Doubt. Now you'll also be able to ask her about the Whereabouts of Bishop, the Check for $20,000, and the Abuse of Jessica Hamilton.

Ask her about the Whereabouts of Bishop, and she'll actually tell you the Truth.

She's not so forthcoming about the Check for $20,000, though. Hit Doubt to disbelieve her.

Finally, ask her about the Abuse of Jessica Hamilton, and Doubt the answer she gives you.


Investigation: Silver Screen Props

After Marlon leads you to his "casting stage," head over to the shelves on the right.

There, you'll find a bottle of chloral hydrate. Turn it until Cole zooms in on the label.

Next, head over to the mirror on the opposite side of the room and examine it.


Newspaper 4

After heading out of Marlon's soundstage, hang a left and you'll see this workbench. The next paper's waiting for you there, on your right.

Next, check the other workbench and you'll find a pair of shrunken heads. Not the kind you'll see on sticks, but the kind found at the crash site.

Turn left from the shrunken heads, and you'll see what appears to be a dead end. Get close and "examine" it to reveal it as a false front.

Examine whatever you want in the secret room, but the only things that require your attention are the two film canisters shown below:

The one labeled with masking tape turns out to be empty, but it's still a vital clue.

The one with the orange label, meanwhile, will tell you exactly where Bishop's hiding out.


Interrogation: Marlon Hopgood

When asked about his Association with Bishop, Hopgood will Lie.

When he challenges your accusation, confront him with either the Chloral hydrate or the Empty film canister. Either works. This will also open up the topic Relationship with Ballard.


Next, ask him about the Whereabouts of Bishop, and he'll actually tell the Truth.

Ask him about his Relationship with Ballard, and he'll Lie again.

Show him you mean business with the Empty film canister. This opens up Evidence of blackmail for discussion.

Ask Hopgood about Evidence of blackmail, and he'll Lie again.

Hit him with the $20,000 check, and he'll give up the goods.

After the interview with Hopgood, the remainder of the case is all action, which you probably don't need our help with. However, we do recommend that, during the shootout outside, you get out of your car and fight on foot instead of leading your enemies on a chase. You'll cause a lot less property damage that way.

Next page: Homicide begins with The Red Lipstick Murder 


  • 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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