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

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  • 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?