- "Some kind of fruit, a bell and 'win'. Strange doodle?"
- ―Cole Phelps
The strange doodle was an illustrated note belonging to Cornell Tyree and Tyrone Lamont, depicting a cherry, a bell and the word "win". Merlon Ottie had a slot machine that was custom made by Ramez Removals to include a secret compartment. Merlon used this compartment to store stashes of drugs, money and number slips. The compartment would open once the slot reels would align to a specific set of symbols. The note depicted the correct combination to trigger the hidden switch.
Events of L.A. Noire
While investigating the deaths of Tyree and Lamont, Detectives Cole Phelps and Roy Earle discovered that Merlon was part of a morphine distribution operation as well as an illegal gambling numbers racket. Phelps examined the slot machine, using the note found in Tyree and Lamont's apartment, Phelps discovered Merlon's supply of hidden morphine.