- "What do you have to do to earn $20,000 dollars?"
- ―Cole Phelps
Events of L.A. Noire
After raping Jessica Hamilton at a "screen test", Mark Bishop was blackmailed by June Ballard who took a filming exposing him as sex offender. June demanded the part in Bishop's movie or threatened to release the film. In order to get the film off Ballard, Bishop paid $20,000 check to Lorna Hopgood, Marlon Hopgood's wife due to the fact that she worked for a cashier agency. Through Hopgood, who was part of the scandal, the money would be used to pay off Guy McAfee who would give the film to Bishop.
However Bishop attempted to murder both Ballard and Jessica to escape his predicament by staging a car crash. The incident caught the attention of the LAPD and Detective Cole Phelps and Stefan Bekowsky proceeded to investigate Bishop's scandal and disappearance. During the investigation they found the check in Bishop's ransacked apartment, obtaining an indication and evidence of blackmail against Bishop.
- $20,000 in 1947 is approximately $193,000 presently.