The L.A. Times & Rockstar Games Present: The 1947 Edition Los Angeles Crime Map

Posted on May 5 2011, 12:51pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar, Games

In the creation of L.A. Noire, Team Bondi exhaustively researched Los Angeles newspapers of the day, including archives of every single daily L.A. Times from January 1st through December 31st 1947. The team pored over countless true crime reports in those papers, finding kernels of inspiration along the way that led to all the fictionalized cases you’ll work in the game as Detective Cole Phelps – including “The Red Lipstick Murder” and “A Marriage Made in Heaven” as recently detailed.

Today, in partnership with the L.A. Times and their Archives group, and inspired by the L.A. Times’ own acclaimed Crime Map project - we present the L.A. Noire 1947 Edition Crime Map featuring some of those other cases from that landmark year of Los Angeles crime that were researched - ranging from the fascinating to the frightening.
Including true tales of:

  •  72-year-old oil man, E.J. Miley, who picked up three hitchhiking youths as he left on a drive from LA up to Fresno. The trio were petty thugs who thought they had an easy mark on their hands…
  •  A pair of weightlifting rivals in Pacific Palisades who agreed to head to the gym to “settle the question of superiority”, but it winds up being far from a fair lift-off…
  •  A horrible account of a young, disturbed returning veteran who, with no warning or apparent cause, murdered his bride and himself at his in-laws house one evening…
  •  Acrobat burglars who broke into a market by ripping off a skylight, chopped a hole in the ceiling, and slid down a pole to make off with $2500 in cash (yes, that was a LOT back then) along with several hundred pounds of meat – but not before stopping to apparently chug several quarts of milk.

Plus a bunch more. Read the original clippings of these stories as they appeared in the L.A. Times that year, and see exactly where they happened in Los Angeles with the 1947 Edition Crime Map at

Look for more true crime stories to be added there during the week of L.A. Noire’s release.

  • Krampe14on May 21 2011, 10:08amReplyFlag
    all of your games are so awesome!!!
    i bought a xbox 360 only to play red dead redemption , gta 4 and la noire^^
    • Kidontheroofon May 16 2011, 8:43amReplyFlag
      For the UK the 20th "/
      • ClamptVidson May 16 2011, 2:40amReplyFlag
        In The uk is the game being Released on 20th or 17th ? of may ?
        • rockstar723on May 15 2011, 4:38pmReplyFlag
          is that map you will be using in the game please anwser R*
          • Teh_Napsteron May 15 2011, 4:05pmReplyFlag
            Will there be a sandbox mode to just run around in?
            • R* Yon May 14 2011, 11:51amReplyFlag
              @Davkus99 Yep - cases in L.A. Noire can be replayed

              & to any other questions, we're glad to see the excitement on here and we really won't be going into any other details with the game releasing next week, be sure to check out all of the features on the L.A. Noire website:
              • Davkus99on May 14 2011, 10:10amReplyFlag
                Will you be able to replay missions after beat the game?
                • Metswin2006xon May 11 2011, 6:40pmReplyFlag
                  Hey R* will LA Noire come with a poster like RDR and GTA 4?
                  • RustyMadMickeyon May 10 2011, 12:06pmReplyFlag
                    Hi R* can you tell me if the outfits can be bought from a shop in the game or if they are on the menu like red dead redemption?
                    • R* Yon May 9 2011, 2:12pmReplyFlag
                      @NY_Francisco Nope, the PS3 version will only be one disc, and if you're getting it for Xbox 360 you'll only have to change discs twice during the entire storyline.

                      @rere1love @Studios5107 & others - thanks all, great to see the enthusiasm!
                      • rere1loveon May 9 2011, 1:57pmReplyFlag
                        8 MORE DAYS BABY
                        I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE R*
                        • Studios5107on May 9 2011, 12:21pmReplyFlag
                          Magnifique !
                          • Jst_star86on May 9 2011, 6:14amReplyFlag
                            Lol........... why team bondi don't make this game base on Australia so can drive around on the spider road
                            • NY_Franciscoon May 8 2011, 10:49pmReplyFlag
                              will you also need to switch disc on the playstation 3 version of the game?
                              • R* Yon May 8 2011, 6:20pmReplyFlag
                                @plaged7 @aditpasaribu @staggermann & all others, cheers!

                                @stupidandugly L.A. Noire will be out on May 17th in North America and May 20th worldwide.
                                • Jamesaeon May 8 2011, 3:10amReplyFlag
                                  This Game Is Gonna Be Awesome Man!!! =D Im Nervous, Excited & Hyper @ the same time LOL ^_^ :P
                                  I really hope L.A. Noire Has Online Play..... I really Do........ like they can add it in...... Like a liddle Download you have to do to play online..... if not...... well This Game Is gonna Be epicly Insanely F'n Awesome!!!
                                  Well Done Rockstarr For Makeing a F'N EXCELLENT Game! & LoL, I also Relised that Rockstarr Australia were the ones who thought of the game =P ............. still!
                                  WELL DONE! ROCKSTARR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                                  • bsb12345on May 8 2011, 1:45amReplyFlag
                                    i have the same question with JakHuragan
                                    • aditpasaribuon May 8 2011, 1:14amReplyFlag
                                      Awesome! Genuinely interesting stuff and a neat piece of infographic design too. Thanks, Rockstar.
                                      • stupidanduglyon May 7 2011, 9:44pmReplyFlag
                                        when it come out?
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