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 


  • FVDub - May 23, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    Once again, this is an incredible guide GR. Mike you should be getting a raise for all the work you've done with the L.A. Noire stuff.
  • FVDub - May 23, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    Mikel, not Mike! Give this man a raise.
  • profile0000 - May 23, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    I will certainly be using this for my 2nd playthrough of the game. Thanks for the hard work Mikel!
  • Mexicutioner - May 23, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    Very nice guide! I have to say though, missing all of the newspapers is kinda hard to do, unless you just blast through the game that is....
  • WonsAuto - May 23, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    Excellent as always. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Mikel makes the best open-world guides, accept no substitutes.
  • McSpermie - May 23, 2011 10:20 p.m.

    Very bueno guide, I was curious I have done everything besides finding cars... Would it be possible for you guys to make one for vehicles? I would greatly appreciate it.
  • IntimidatingStair - May 23, 2011 11:38 p.m.

    Awesome guide, will be coming back to this page for a while to see what i did wrong in each case once I've tried everything on my own.
  • philipshaw - May 24, 2011 12:05 p.m.

    I will need this on my 2nd playthorugh of the game, getting 3 or 4 stars on most cases
  • metalheadmax - May 24, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    Great guide! (as always) once i've finished my first play through (on Vice at the moment) i'll go back and use this guide i've only 5 starred 3 cases so far and gotten 4 and 3 on the rest (except one which i got 2 stars on ): one thing I love about this game is that you nail some cases and not others, it feels realistic and gives great replay value one thing that has given me a lower rating on one or two cases is a few conversation and clue glitches which hopefully will be patched soon so I replay them properly :) Still L.A. Noire is definitely one of my favourite games of all time!
  • robertchen - May 24, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    L.A. Noire is awesome so far! I just found a blog that's giving out the DLC for all the extra cases! I just got my Slip Of The Tongue Case DLC, but I don't know if there's anymore DLC codes left. If you want to check it out, here's the site:
  • Burdmayn - May 24, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    This is a great guide, but why isn't it front page? I had to search for and bookmark it for future use. This helped me up to the "Silk Stocking Murder" and then the case got kind of weird? I wasn't given the option to call KGPL when the guide says to do so, and fresh picked guy wasn't at the back of the bar when I went...
  • DelusionalKing - May 26, 2011 2:18 a.m.

    After solving this case it said in case notes "Another visit to rays cafe & you would have seen what leroy was prepared to do to avoid jail" dose this mean you could have gone to rays cafe instead of the Patterson residince for a differnt ending?
  • Polarzombies - May 29, 2011 2:26 a.m.

    Thank you Mikel Reparaz for an excellent L.A Noire guide.
  • Eaxis - May 29, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    This is such comprehensive and detailed guide. Thanks mikel.
  • shockle - May 29, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    Im not sure about the rest of the guide but for the white shoe slaying case, this guide does not give you the right info to get 5 stars, so why id called a 5 star guide? it tells you to go the hobo den last which i did, then in the case notes at the end i got 4 stars and it said "An early visit to the hobo camp could of offered a lead, but good luck finding a coherant witness" It should be called a 4 star guide because thats what it offers.
  • shockle - May 29, 2011 11:17 p.m.

    Still its clear the maker has put alot of effort in and i feel i may of been a bit harsh all the clues and correct questions are all present and correct here, so thanks for all the hard work on this.
  • EvidentDead - May 30, 2011 11:54 a.m.

    I have used this guide for every single case (after beating the game, of course) and recieved all 5 stars (including the Hobo case) Thats very strange that you did not get all 5 stars... As someone who knos how long this game is, I hope you figure out what happened. Anyways, I thought this guide was great. Thank you very much Mr. Reparaz!
  • MyNameIsMyName - May 30, 2011 5:09 p.m.

    On penultimate case in the arson desk and I've been running on fumes since Vice but it's been a good experience through and through kinda weird that I maxed out my level with 7 or so cases left.
  • Austin_SJ - May 30, 2011 11:15 p.m.

    I got 5 stars on the White shoe case using the guide, I just need the arson cases to be finished now so I can get my Platinum.
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - May 30, 2011 11:59 p.m.

    Sorry for the delays, everyone. Because of the sheer number of images that have to be captured, edited and uploaded (as well as other demands on my time in the past week), putting this guide together has been very slow going. However, it will be finished in the next couple hours. Thank you all for your patience thus far. @shockle: An early visit to the hobo camp earns you nothing but a quick conversation with a muttering hobo who makes it clear the hobo you're looking for isn't there. Are you sure you didn't cause too much damage, or miss something else?

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