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

Homicide Case 2: The Golden Butterfly

Investigation: Crime scene • Investigation: Moller residence • Interrogation: Michelle Moller • Interrogation: Hugo Moller • Investigation: Moller residence, part two • Investigation: Belmont High School • Investigation: Central Morgue • Interrogation: Hugo Moller, part two • Interrogation: Eli Rooney 

Investigation: Crime scene

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

Next, go up and speak with the coroner.

When you start examining the victim's body, tilt her head as shown below to see the rope pattern around her neck.

Next, examine her chest to see the stomp marks.

Finally, examine her left hand to see that, like the last victim, her ring has been forcibly removed.

Check under the tree a short distance from the victim to find her handbag.

Examine the nametag and cash in the purse, then move on.

Investigation: Moller residence

There's really only one area you need to focus on here, and that's the master bedroom. Start by examining the boots shown below:

As before, focus in on their size.

Next, look on the vanity and examine the watch and ring cases.

Interrogation: Michelle Moller

Ask her about the Missing watch and rings, and Michelle will answer Truthfully.

Ask her about her Last contact with victim, and her answer will be a little sketchy. Doubt it.

Finally, ask her about the State of parents' marriage, and she'll hide something from you again. Doubt her story.

Interrogation: Hugo Moller

Ask Hugo about the Footprints at crime scene, and he'll Lie.

Confront him with the Size eight work boots, however, and he'll come clean.

Next, ask him about the Missing persons report, and he'll try to hold something back. Hit him with some Doubt.

Finally, ask about the Alibi for Hugo Moller, and he'll Lie again.

Counter his fibbing with the Husband's alibi.

Finally, ask him about his History of violence, and he'll try to cover it up with a Lie.

When he insists he's telling the truth, let him know you know all about the Butterfly brooch.

Investigation: Moller residence, part two

After a short cutscene and chase, you'll be back in Hugo's backyard, next to the incinerator. Examine its contents.

Turn the shoe over to reveal a splatter of blood on its sole.

Investigation: Belmont High School

After the chase, go ahead and pop the trunk on the Mollers' car.

Examine the rope until Cole sees the bloodstains.

Next, examine the overalls to reveal the initials H.M.

Finally, look at the tire iron until Cole zeroes in on the blood spatter.

Investigation: Central Morgue

There are two things you really need to look at in here, and they're both in this corner:

First, take a look at the rope samples and compare the bottom (braided) sample with the photo.

Next, check the footprint castings and note the size of the shoes.

Before you leave, briefly examine the body.

Interrogation: Hugo Moller, part two

Back at the Central Police Station, you'll have two suspects ready for questioning. Interrogate Hugo first. When you ask him about his Disposal of evidence, he will, surprisingly, tell the Truth.

Next, ask him about his Access to braided rope, and Doubt his reply.

When asked about the Victim's vehicle recovered, he'll Lie.

Counter this with the Overalls you found in the trunk.

Finally, ask Hugo about Access to tire iron. Once again, he'll Lie.

Your next move should be obvious: counter with the Bloody tire iron.

Interrogation: Eli Rooney

Ask Eli about his Place of employment, and Doubt his response.

Next, ask him about Access to braided rope, and he'll tell the Truth.

When asked about the Motive for Moller murder, he'll again give you reason to Doubt his answers.

Finally, ask him about the Footprints at crime scene. Once again, choose Doubt.

At the end of the interrogation, you'll be able to decide between charging him, or leaving the interrogation. Only one of these choices will make your boss happy enough to give you five stars, so - provided you've already questioned Moller - charge Rooney with the murder and enjoy your reward.

Next page: The Silk Stocking Murder 

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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.