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 


  • 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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