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 


  • 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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