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"The Suburban Redevelopment Fund" was a criminal organization appearing in the video game LA Noire.

Plot

The Suburban Redevelopment Fund, led by Leland Monroe, was the driving force behind a complex conspiracy to scam the US government out of a large amount of money by throwing up sub-par and dangerous houses, under the guise of building homes for GIs returning home from WWII, along the path of a new freeway, which the government would soon purchase back from Monroe for imminent domain, essentially giving Monroe and his cohorts a dollar for something he paid a penny for. Shockingly, nearly all high-ranking city officials were involved the plot to varying degrees, including the mayor, the DA, The chief of police, and many corrupt cops including Roy Earle.

Defeat

Greed proved to be the SRF's downfall. In his haste to complete the fraudulent houses before the government buyback, Monroe and Fontaine used mentally ill former flamethrower operator, Ira Hogeboom to burn houses of people who refused to sell, forcing them to do just that. To make sure these people were not home at the time of the fires, Monroe held a promotional contest for a free trip to Catalina island and then rigged it so the specific hold-outs would win and therefore their houses would be vacant. Unfortunately, this failed because two innocent families decided, at the last minuet, not to take the trip and died in the fires, sending Monroe scrambling to cover his tracks and the already unstable Hogeboom completely over the edge. The fatal fires prompted arson detectives Cole Phelps, Hershel Biggs and, eventually, Jack Kelso to begin investigating. Kelso eventually uncovered the conspiracy (after several attempts by Monroe to kill him) and the SRF was disbanded permanently. Monroe was arrested after being shot by Kelso, Fontaine was killed by Hogeboom, Hogeboom was, in turn, mercy killed by Kelso, and most other members escaped as most of them are at Phelpe's funeral, covering themselves by giving hypocritical eulogies for him.

Notable members

  • Leland Monroe - President of Elysian Fields Developments and leader of the SRF.
  • Harlan J. Fontaine - Doctor and psychiatrist of Ira Hogeboom, his role in the plot was to mentally twist and turn Hogeboom's actions for their benefit, including burning people's homes.
  • Curtis Benson - Owner of California Fire & Life, used to spy on Jack Kelso for Monroe and had the cheap houses inspected and passed in order to allay any suspicions regarding the fraud.
  • William Worrell - Chief of LAPD, fired Cole Phelps.
  • Roy Earle- Corrupt Vice detective, spied on and leaked Cole Phelpes' affair with Elsa Lichtmann.
  • Donald Sandler- District Attorney of LA.
  • Raymond Gordon- LA Times editor.
  • Archie Colemyer- Lieutenant of Vice.
  • Courtney Sheldon- Medical Student of Fontaine, unwitting pawn, used by Fontaine to sell stolen morphine to fund the SRF, then murdered him with it.
  • Ira Hogeboom- Former flamethrower operator, manipulated via therapy by the villains to burn the houses of families who had refused to sell to Monroe but accidentally killed one of them just as he had done in the war, sending him over the edge.

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