L.A. Noire Uses News Archives For More Realism And Produce Crime Map

by on May 6, 2011

With the arrival of L.A. Noire looming ever so closely around the corner, the PR machine is gathering some immense speed in preparation for the titles release date of 20th May, and today is no exception. For added realism for this title, Team Bondi have done extensive research through the archives of The L.A. Times to use real life crimes that were committed in 1947 and have incorporated them into the storyline to this highly anticipated release.

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 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.

For a full glimpse and to read more of the original clippings of these stories as they appeared in the L.A. Times that year and see exactly where they happened, then head over to www.latimes.com/lanoire.

L.A. Noire will be released in the UK on 20th May.

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