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L.A. Noire Finds Inspiration In “Red Lipstick Murder”

Rockstar revealed early in the development of L.A. Noire that the title isn’t striving for realism only in terms of impressive visuals and animations, but that cases in the game have striking similarities to real-world crimes.

Research by Team Bondi included sifting through Los Angeles newspapers from the 1940s, attempting to find inspiration in the grisly subject matter. While not translated directly to the game, some of the more unique aspects of high-profile crimes were borrowed before the rest of the case was fictionalized for a slightly more fantastical story.

Detailing one such case on its blog, Rockstar revealed that this weekend Pax East attendees will have a chance to check out a demo inspired by the very real “Red Lipstick Murder.”  You can find Rockstar’s notes on the crime below.

“’The Red Lipstick Murder’ is based on the real life homicide investigation into the murder of Jeanne French. French was a 45 year old veteran Army nurse who was discovered stripped and stomped to death in an isolated lover’s lane type area of LA known as ‘The Moors’ early one morning in February ’47.

“Occurring just weeks after the notorious ‘Black Dahlia’ murder of Elizabeth Short, the killer in this case infamously created a stir when it was discovered that the letters “B.D.” (along with some obscenities) were scrawled in red lipstick on Mrs. French’s nude body. Was this the work of a serial killer, responsible for both killings, and possibly others? Or was it a sick copycat inspired by the Black Dahlia crime? As one would imagine, a sensational media frenzy ensued and the case of Jeanne French spurred a wide LAPD dragnet.

“The investigation yielded an intriguing list of possible suspects who were investigated by the police. French’s husband, who proclaimed his innocence as the tabloids reported he was abusive to Mrs. French and even had an argument with her the very evening of her murder. The mysterious “other man” who shared a private post office box with her? The unidentified ‘dark-haired’ male companion who reportedly shared a last meal with her at a Chinese restaurant hours before her death? 

“In the end, the case remained unsolved. French’s husband famously passed a lie detector test in effort to prove his innocence. The other men were proven to be false leads or never identified. Jeanne French was just another cold case from the year of 1947.”

Lifted elements from the murder used in L.A. Noire include red lipstick on a female corpse and a protesting husband. The primary difference between Rockstar’s fictionalized story and the real crime is that players have a chance to lay the case to rest.

L.A. Noire hits retail May 17.

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  • Red dead la sounds good to me!
  • Just like Red Dead did last year, this year my summer will be ruled by a Rockstar game. I'm going to have a hell of a time with this game. I'd buy it just to watch the animation tech in action, luckily though, the rest of the game seems to be shaping up into something rather intriguing. Gotta hand it to Rockstar. Say what you will about their mission structure and character development, but they always create a great atmosphere in their games.

  • Red lipstick murder? Thats really hard to solve because 1. Its lipstick 2. Lipstick and blood are the same color, so it will be hard to tell if its blood or not 3. Red lipstick murder??? Wtf?
  • Wow.... that sounds amazing. I'll check out L.A. Noire after the price drops. I still don't think an "C.S.I." game is worth a full $60.
  • It's pretty cool how they are going to do this game but,I don't think ill get it. I need to save money for Bulletstorm,Arkham City,Motorstorm Apoc,Infamous 2,Rock Band 3....Im broke right now.
  • Can't wait to go pick up my copy. Not much longer!!!!!!

  • The more I read and see about this the more I wish May was here already. Rockstar hasn't really failed me yet, and this looks to be another excellent title.

  • "The Red Lipstick Murder" sounds pretty creepy, it sort of gives me the chills.  Just another aspect of the game that will lend the overall experience plenty of atmosphere, which is awesome.

  • I really... Really want the investigations to be intuitive and difficult.

  • This game looks awesome. It's truly one of a kind...

    I just hope I've got enough cash to get it.

  • "...players have a chance to lay the case to rest."

    I might just be over thinking this but would failing a case completely close it off and leave it as another cold case?

  • If we can't solve the crimes in reality, maybe we can solve them in virtual reality!

  • Looking forward to it. Not pre-ordered, but I'm pretty sure this'll wind up in my gaming library eventually.

  • Looking forward to solving crimes in LA this May.

  • Red lipstick on my dipstick...
  • Sounds good but I can't get it due to being broke. I will get it eventually.

  • I like a lil truth with my fiction, its kinda like AC with the historical facts flubbed a lil. thats so dope to me I dig stuff like that. cant wait for this game!

  • This sounds like it will be one hell of a game.

  • cool

  • That's a chilling story. I'm excited to play this game. I hope a demo comes out for it before it releases so I don't have to wait quite as long...

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