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

Homicide Case 1: The Red Lipstick Murder

Investigation: The Moors • Interrogation: Dick McColl • Investigation: Henry residence • Newspaper 5 • Investigation: Jacob Henry's apartment • Interrogation: Jacob Henry • Interrogation: Jacob Henry, part two • Investigation: Alonzo Mendez's apartment 

Investigation: The Moors

Start out by investigating to footprints that you'll pass on your way into the crime scene.

After talking to the coroner, examine the victim's body. Tilt her head until you get a good look at the blunt-force trauma.

Next, look at her left hand to note the absence of a ring.

Finally, look at her torso to take in the markings left by the killer.

After examining the body, walk a short distance away to this area, where you'll find a little brass globe on the ground.

Pick it up for a closer look, then twist the bottom layer left three times, the middle layer right once, and the top layer left twice. Once it opens, you'll get another clue.

Next, take a look at the nearby handbag (ignore the haribrush next to it).

In the handbag, you'll find some lipstick. Examine it to add it to your clue list.

Interrogation: Dick McColl

When asked about the Suspect seen with victim, McColl tells the Truth.

If you believe his story, he'll also give you the license plate of the car that Celine left in. (This also nets you the Round Heels 15G Achievement/Bronze Trophy.)

Next, when asking about the Ring stolen from victim, he'll hide something from you. Doubt his story.

Finally, ask him about Knowledge of husband. Once again, you should Doubt what he tells you.

Before you leave the Bamba Club, use a pay phone to call in the license plate.

Investigation: Henry residence

Newspaper 5

As soon as Galloway lets you into the house, check the floor across from the front door for your next newspaper.

Next, head into the dining room and look for a woman's shoe just past the scattered beer bottles.

Examine it until Cole zooms in on the shoe size.

After that, head into the kitchen and look at the smashed window to add evidence of a break-in to your list of clues.

Turn around, and you'll see a note on the fridge. Pick it up and read it.

Next, head into the bedroom and look on the vanity for the next two clues.

Pick up the ring box and examine it, then do the same with the photograph next to it.

Before you go, head south and into the next yard to talk to Celine's neighbor, Jennifer Horgan, who should be pulling in just as you make your way over.

Investigation: Jacob Henry's apartment

Start by examining the pad of paper on the china cabinet.

Examine it and use the pencil to reveal a hidden message.

Next, head into Jacob's bedroom and investigate the suitcase on his bed. Examine a shoe to note its size.

Interrogation: Jacob Henry

Ask Jacob about the Movements of victim. He'll start things off wrong with a LIe.

When he protests, hit him with either the Bamba Club lighter or the Husband's alibi. Either works.

When asked about his Last contact with victim, Jacob will tell the Truth.

Finally, Jacob's response when asked about his Motive for murder is a Lie.

Show him the Death threat note to finish out your chat.

Before you leave the apartment, use the phone to check your messages.

Interrogation: Jacob Henry, part two

While you could go chase the next lead, you should instead follow the captain's orders and haul ass down to the Central Police Station to continue your talk with Jacob. You won't get the chance to talk to him again otherwise.

When asked about his Access to murder weapon, Jacob will Lie. That's not a good sign.

Counter his protestations with Husband's alibi again.

Next, ask him about the Lipstick markings. This time, he'll tell the Truth.

Ask him about the Deterioration of marriage, and he'll Lie again.

This time, point to the Marital problems that Jennifer Horgan told you about.

Finally, ask him about the Missing jewelry, and he'll tell the Truth.

Investigation: Alonzo Mendez's apartment

As you would when entering any apartment building for the first time, check the mailboxes by the front door to see where Mendez lives...

... and then check the placard by the stairs to see which floor he lives on.

There's only one area you need to investigate in Mendez's apartment, and that's the bedroom. There are two points of interest here. The first you'll want to look at is on the side of the bed.

Examine the shoe next to the bed, and examine it closely to verify the size.

Next, look in the conspicuously bloody box between the window and the foot of the bed. Examine the lipstick and the socket wrench.

Finally, Mendez will show up and try to flee. As always, be careful not to do too much damage to anything but Mendez's car, and you should finish the case with a five-star rating. If not, at least the case will be saved near the end, so you can quit out and try it again.

Next page: The Golden Butterfly 

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  • 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.