The second in our series exploring LA Noire’s complex cases; here we’re on our second Homicide case, wherein another damsel has been downed and we must find out who did the deed…
Let us know how you got on with the case and how your experience differed in the comments section. Oh and a spot of house-keeping: key clues from our experience are underlined while we state doubt and lie interview choices in brackets.
My partner Rusty Galloway takes the call, and warns me to put on my newspaper face, as the press are buzzing all over the crime scene. I begin by investigating the crime scene, where after beating off the attention of the press, and speaking to the reporting officer, I spy a trail of footprints leading towards the naked body of a Jane Doe, lying prone under a pepper tree. The footprints even continue onto the body of the corpse itself.
Flies buzz around the wounds, much like the photographers at the edge of the crime scene barriers. Carruthers, the coroner, opines that it is a similar modus operandi to that of our previous case, but Galloway boorishly shouts him down as I inspect the corpse closely.
Her wedding ring has been violently torn off, and a watch removed from the opposite arm. Her neck is purple with rope burns. I check over her purse, picking it up to see it contains both money and a name tag, which recasts our anonymous victim as one Deirdre Moller. ‘If the motive was robbery, why not get the money?’ A quick phonecall to dispatch and I have her address, the next port of call for Galloway and I.
Location: Moller Residence (11:20 am)
A quick call to dispatch for information and we have the address of Belmont High School. It’s the only possible lead so we head off, although over the police radio we soon hear the coroner has some information regarding the corpse for us. Figuring the dead can wait, I head to school, hoping to learn something.
Location: Belmont High School (3:58 pm)
Immediately I spy a shadowy figure lurking in the bushes, spying on school children. Again I head into a foot chase, this time through bleachers, over a sports field and into some alleyways, where eventually I manage to corner the runner, resulting in a brief fist fight in which my headbutting technique proves too much for the mook.
The suspect, whose name is Eli, is suitably roughed up, and upon turning out his pockets, I discover Deirdre Moller’s Golden Butterfly. Things don’t look good for this ugly bum, although he claims Moller would have been too old for him – he likes them young, hence his attendance at a High School way past graduation age. He is carted off to Central as the janitor of the school explains how this Eli has been preying on young girls in the area, and is in his opinion a violent person. Then he shows us the green 1946 Chevrolet coupe, which had belonged to Deirdre Moller.
We investigate the Moller’s abandoned car further, and looking in the boot reveals three key clues: a bloodstained tire iron, some equally red-splattered overalls, with the initials ‘H.M’, and a length of bloody rope. If only the janitor could confirm who parked the car there, we would have a strong case. However he is an honest man and admits that under cover of darkness he couldn’t swear for sure, even if he would love to see the ‘child-molester’ Eli Rooney put away for good.. We call it in to the station and ask them to prepare our suspects for their imminent grilling.
Location: Central Morgue
On my way back to the station, I force a reluctant Galloway to drive to the Coroner’s Office. Carruthers is pleased to have company as ever; it must be lonely working with all those stiffs. He has some rope samples prepared for us to look at under a micropscope, hoping to find a match to the wounds around Deirdre Moller’s neck. As it goes, I spot the v-shaped lines left by three ply rope, which Galloway informs me is beloved of both sailors and bell-ringers. Which is a pity as none of the suspects we have in custody are either. There is also a cast of the footprints from the crime scene, clearly showing a size 8 shoe, which still points the finger at Hugo Moller. From here it’s back to the station for the interviews.
Location: Central Police Station (8:15 pm)
The evidence isn’t compelling, but I charge him anyway – this sicko needs to be removed from the streets, and I’m happy to do as the captain asks me to do. Immediately after seeing him to his cell, the captain is commending us and offering us drinks. A successful 5 star case, with only one unanswered question. It’s off to the police bar for a few rounds. According to the case notes, Eli Rooney can expect a warm welcome from Captain Donnelly and the District Attorney…
Notes of interest:
Neither of the cases against our suspects seemed particularly strong evidence wise – I decided to charge Rooney as my Captain told me to, and I’m a good case man who wants to keep in with top brass. He rewarded me with 5 stars, but I still felt it could just as equally been the husband, or even neither of the above…