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

Homicide Case 6: The Quarter Moon Murders

Investigation: Central Police Station • Investigation: Pershing Square • Investigation: Hall of Records • Investigation: LA Public Library • Investigation: Westlake Tar Pits • Investigation: LA County Art Museum • Investigation: Intolerance Set • Investigation: Christ Crown of Thorns 

Investigation: Central Police Station

Examine all three clues laid out in front of Cole to get the first clue, which leads to Pershing Square.

Investigation: Pershing Square

As soon as you arrive, head straight for the fountain. Ignore Rusty's warnings and jump up to the upper tier of the thing.

Once up there, you'll find a couple of new clues laid at the feet of the statues.

The first is the Social Security card of the Black Dahlia herself, Elizabeth Short.

The second is another excerpt from Shelley pointing you to the next destination.

Check your map, and you'll find that "cave overgrown with plants" corresponds neatly to the domed skylight at the Hall of Records. Make that your next destination.

Investigation: Hall of Records

Ask the guard how to get up to the chandelier. If you're not sure where to go, just follow Rusty, who'll make his way there automatically.

Once you've found the room, head up the ladder and get ready for a tightrope-walking minigame.

Take it slow and try not to fall too many times, and this challenge should be a breeze.

On the chandelier, you'll find another two clues.

The first is Deidre Moller's missing watch...

... and the second is another bit of Shelley.

Before you can figure it out, however, you'll need to swing the chandelier from side to side until Cole can leap off it to safety.

Check your map again. The talk of "temples" and "science" in the Shelley poem recalls one building in particular:

Investigation: LA Public Library

This seems a little more complicated than it is; all you have to do here is pick your way along a linear path that will take you up and down scaffolds in an effort to make it up to the roof.

When you finally get up there, check the corner shown below for your next puzzle pieces.

The first is Antonia Maldonado's religious medallion.

And the second is yet another piece ripped from Shelley's writings.

Ruin, annihilation; hard, black deep; what does that conjure images of?

Investigation: Westlake Tar Pits

Getting across the tar pits takes a while, but it's not too dangerous so long as you keep moving and stick to the path. Just make sure you're stepping on boarded walkways (just visible through the muck), and you should be fine.

At the little island in the center of the pits, look in the shade of the tree to find the next clue.

The first, unsurprisingly, is Theresa Taraldsen's missing white shoe.

The second is yet another Shelley snippet, this time talking about spheres.

The art museum, incidentally, is home to a rather noteworthy sphere-within-a-sphere sculpture.

Investigation: LA County Art Museum

Like the other challenges, the art museum's hedge maze looks daunting, but is actually quite easy. For all its twists and turns, there are only a few places where you can actually pick from more than one path. When you get to the first one, turn right, then immediately turn left past the threshhold. After that, just go straight past the next intersection, and you should reach the spheres sculpture momentarily.

The clues this time are Celine Henry's garnet ring...

... and another Shelley excerpt, this time talking about "Thrones, altars... monstrous and barbaric shapes," and the "ghosts of a no-more-remembered fame."

Hmmmm. What landmark have we been to that neatly fits that description?

Investigation: Intolerance Set

Once you've arrived, head for the back of the set and climb up the tall staircase.

Almost immediately after reaching the upper level, your platform will come loose, forcing you to balance it. Whenever it starts to pitch in one direction, just take one or two steps the opposite way and you should be able to hold out until Rusty can help.

Once you're out of the woods, climb down one of the ladders on your left.

Below, you'll have easy access to the throne - and your next two clues.

These include Evelyn Summers' typewriter-key ring...

... and one final excerpt from Shelley, this time mentioning a "thorn-wounded brow."

You're not in the clear yet, though; after you read the Shelley excerpt, the set will start to come down around you. Make a run for it.

Think back to the "thorn-wounded brow" line. Your next destination should be obvious.

Investigation: Christ Crown of Thorns

After the initial confrontation, look to the south from the altar area, and you'll see two open doorways leading to the door of an outbuilding called the presbytery. Head over there and go inside.

Go to the kitchen, and you'll see a gold-handled door. Open it and prepare for horror.

Inside the room, start out by investigating the blood-filled bathtub.

Next, examine the tray of surgical tools by the sink. Get a good look at each one.

After that, look a little further down the counter for a statue of Prometheus, a Greek Titan with whom our killer clearly identifies.

Finally, climb down into the pit behind Rusty. The rest is just a matter of chasing the killer through the tunnels and trying to kill him before he does the same to you.

Next page: The Black Caesar


  • 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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