- "Homicide men are the right hand of God!"
- ―Captain James Donnelly
The Homicide Desk is a Department of the Los Angeles Police Department in L.A. Noire. Homicide is concerned with the investigation of murders and deaths linked with foul play within the city of Los Angeles.
The Homicide desk is considered the most brutal and harrowing Department in the LAPD and it is constantly argued that it is one of the primo assignments in the LAPD, alongside with the Administrative Vice Department.
Events of L.A. Noire
Most of Cole's cases in this department are concerned with the brutal and horrific murders committed on young women. At first, it is not known whether one or more killers are responsible, and it is often very different to choose the correct suspect when giving the choice of charging one of two, often given that the evidence points against both suspects and the player has to use his own initiative to come to a conclusion on what has happened. Each murder case seems to have a slight twist in the storyline and in some ways can be repetitive, as Rusty says "9/10 times, it's always the husband" of the victim who committed the murder.
There are a total of six homicide cases during the game. The first 5 cases are the build up to the finale (The Quarter Moon Murders). Each case in the homicide desk contain similarities that appear to connect them as either a conspiracy or a case of copy-cat killing through media amplification of the infamous real-life Black Dahlia (B.D.) Murder of Elizabeth Short. Most cases on this desk have a similar evidence structure; lipstick, writing on the body, strangling by rope, etc.
During the final case of the homicide, Cole and Rusty find out that the one behind the murders is Garrett Mason, and finally kill him in a shootout.
- James Donnelly - Captain
- Finis Brown - Detective Sergeant
- Rusty Galloway - Detective
- Cole Phelps - Detective (Later promoted to Vice and served as Det. Rose's replacement)
- Floyd Rose - Detective (Retired)
- Stefan Bekowsky - Detective (Promoted from Traffic and serves as Det. Phelps' replacement)
- "The Red Lipstick Murder"
- "The Golden Butterfly"
- "The Silk Stocking Murder"
- "The White Shoe Slaying"
- "The Studio Secretary Murder"
- "The Quarter Moon Murders"
- Excluding the street crimes, Homicide is the desk with the least amount of suspects killed.
- When first promoted to Homicide, Captain James Donnelly will say that Cole was promoted from Burglary to homicide. Burglary was going to be a desk but was cut from the game, supposedly the reason for this is because Rockstar told Team Bondi the game was "big enough".
- The symbol used on the map to represent a Homicide crime scene is a handgun. However, no guns are ever used as murder weapons during any of the Homicide cases.
- Homicide and Patrol are the only desks that have no DLC cases.