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

Homicide Case 5: The Studio Secretary Murder

Investigation: Pawnbroker • Investigation: Crime scene • Interrogation: John F. Jamison • Investigation: Levine's Liquor Store • Interrogation: Robbins • Interrogation: Grosvenor McCaffrey • At Rawling's Bowling Alley • Investigation: McCaffrey's apartment • Interrogation: James Tiernan • Interrogation: Grosvenor McCaffrey, part two • Interrogation:  James Tiernan, part two • Interrogation: Grosvenor McCaffrey, part three


Investigation: Pawnbroker

All you need to do here is examine the two rings. 

Tilt the one on the left until you can see its maker's mark, as shown below:

Then, tilt the one on the right until Cole focuses in on its hallmark (the engraving that says "22k").


Investigation: Crime scene

Start out by talking to the coroner.

Next, start examining the body. Look closely at her head for a good look at the blunt-force injury, as well as signs of a vagrant lifestyle.

Next, examine her right hand for signs of another ring being pulled loose.

After seeing to the body, look just up the track for the victim's possessions.

There are three to examine: a handbag, a matchbook and a receipt.

Inside the handbag, you'll find the top half of a letter from the victim's mother.

You'll also find her employee I.D. card.

Check the receipt, and you'll find a list of personal items.

Finally, look at the matchbook to get an address for Mensch's Bar.

Before moving on, talk to witness Nelson Gaines at the far side of the crime scene.

He'll point you to John F. Jamison, who has an important clue in his possession.


Interrogation: John F. Jamison

When asked about Interference with evidence, Jamison proves himself a dumb, guileless creep by telling the Truth.

Next, ask him about the Discover of victim's body, and Doubt what he has to say.

Before leaving the scene, use the nearby gamewell to get an adress for Levine's Liquor Store.


Investigation: Levine's Liquor Store

After Robbins leads you back to Evelyn's shabby quarters, start by investigating the pile next to her mattress.

Examine the picture, then pick up the book.

Open the book to reveal an important clue.

Next, head over to the opposite corner of the room.

Examine the bowling pin until Cole zooms in on the Rawling's logo.

Next, examine Evelyn's nameplate and, just for kicks, the award statue.

There's also another photo you can check out on the other side of the little room's doorway, but it won't yield any clues.


Interrogation: Robbins

When asked about his Contact with victim, Robbins tells the Truth.

Ask him about his Relationship with victim, however, and he'll... tell the Truth again.

Finally, ask him about his Knowledge of McCaffrey. This time, you should express Doubt to get the full story.


Interrogation: Grosvenor McCaffrey

Head over to Mensch's, and you'll meet this self-styled revolutionary/intolerable douchebag.

When asked about his Criminal history, Grosvenor seems evasive. Doubt his story.

Ask him about his Relationship with victim, however, and he'll flat-out Lie.

Reveal his duplicity with the Book you found among Evelyn's things.


At Rawling's Bowling Alley

Just in case you somehow missed it, your goal here is to chase after the guy who goes sprinting through the background while you're talking about Tiernan.

Use the siren and let Rusty take out his tires, though, and the ensuing chase should be short and easy.


Investigation: McCaffrey's apartment

Having a suspect in custody doesn't mean you're done, though. At McCaffrey's, focus on the two key points of interest below, starting with the desk:

On the corner of the desk, you'll find the bottom half of the letter from Evelyn's mom.

Next, search what appears to be a pile of laundry on the floor.

Examine the tire iron until Cole zooms in on its Rawling's logo.

You can also examine the shirt if you want, although it's not vital.

Head up to the roof for a quick chase scene, and then head off to Central to question your suspects.


Interrogation: James Tiernan

Ask him about his Relationship with victim, and James will try to cover it up with a Lie.

Show him you know better by trotting out Victim last seen.

When asked about Victim's book found, Tiernan tries to hide something. Slap him with some Doubt.

When asked about an Alibi for James Tiernan, James Lies again.

This time, counter with the Liquor purchase.

Finally, ask him about his Access to murder weapon. Again, you should Doubt what James tells you.


Interrogation: Grosvenor McCaffrey, part two

Ask Grosvenor about the Alibi for McCaffrey, and he'll Lie in that smug way of his.

Tear his deceit apart by showing him the Torn letter.

Next, ask him about his Access to tire iron. Again, he's a liar. He Lies.

Counter his smarm with Tiernan's accusation.

Before you head back to talk to Tiernan some more, use a phone to get the dirt on McCaffrey.


Interrogation: James Tiernan, part two

There's one more question you have to ask Tiernan, about the Events prior to murder. When you bring them up, he'll Lie.

To counter his denial, bring up McCaffrey's accusation to make him break.


Interrogation: Grosvenor McCaffrey, part three

Even though Tiernan might seem like the likely culprit at this point, there's one last question to ask McCaffrey, about his Military service. Unsurprisingly, he'll Lie.

You've got the goods on him, though. Counter with McCaffrey's criminal record.

Again, Tiernan may seem like a likely culprit at this point. However, there's only one outcome that's going to net you five stars, and that's if you charge McCaffrey. Level your accusation against him and move on.

Next page: The Quarter Moon Murders

43 comments

  • 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.

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