- "Phelps, we can come out of this all bright and shiny with a commendation, or stick our schlongs in a hornet's nest. Call it in, partner, and leave the book where you found it."
- ―Ralph Dunn, after Phelps discovered Schroeder's Notebook
Events of L.A. Noire
The notebook was used as a payroll by Errol Schroeder. Below each of the names was a series of numbers, the first six were to record a date while the last numbers suggested a paid amount to a person (although a dollar sign isn't shown). The notebook indicated the corruption of LAPD Homicide Detective Floyd Rose and Officer Leroy Tate from taking bribes.While investigating the murder of Scooter Peyton, Officers Cole Phelps and Ralph Dunn suspected Schroeder and went to his apartment. After subduing Schroeder for resisting arrest, Phelps searched Schroeder's dresser drawer and discovered the notebook. As Phelps pondered the meaning of the notebook's contents, Dunn urged Phelps to leave it where it was.