Lester meets Franklin near the Del Perro Pier and explains his method of manipulating the stock market: buying stock of the rivals of a less-than-ethical company, then taking out a major figure in that company and selling the stock once the prices go up. Franklin, however, is hesitant about it as he doesn't consider these sort of kills as 'a good deed', but Lester assures him he now can because these people are 'assholes', and tells Franklin to kill Brett Lowrey, CEO of Bilkinton Research and the figurehead of a scandal after an erectile dysfunction pill he released, Priapol, was discovered to be the cause of several heart attacks, while he is leaving the Von Crastenburg Hotel in Richman. Lester suggests two ways in which this can be accomplished: by shooting Lowrey with a sniper rifle or by destroying Lowrey's car (with Lowrey inside) with a sticky bomb. Regardless of how the player chooses to kill the target, once Lowrey is dead, Franklin must escape the scene and any resulting wanted level. Once this is accomplished, the mission ends. Post-mission, Franklin then calls Lester to confirm that the job is done. Lester tells Franklin that their investment portfolio is getting a "little successful". Lester figured that tangible assets would be the best investment, so he bought a house in Vinewood Hills. Also, that he needed someone to live there due to tax purposes. So, Franklin came into mind, and Lester told him that all of his stuff was being moved in from his aunt's house to the new property. Franklin was surprised and ecstatic that Lester was giving him an entire property for free, as well as feeling relieved, for not having to live with his crazed aunt Denise, ever again.
- Go to the hotel.
- Wait for the target to appear.
- Assassinate the target.
- Leave the area.
- Lose the cops. (Only if you have been spotted)
Gold Medal Objectives
- Sniper Boy - Kill the target using a Sniper Rifle
- For an easy snipe and clean getaway, go to the second level of the car park. Stand just a little back from the edge, overlooking the two vehicles. Wait until the checkout time arrives. Lowrey will enter from your right, and will be the only man not wearing a suit. Snipe him in the chest/neck/head, then get in their vehicle and leave the car park on the opposite side as the hotel. Use Franklin's ability to get out quickly without crashing. You can also snipe the target from the top floor and escape through the ramp. The mission will immediately be complete after landing in the street.
Public Liberty Online Newsaper
"The Betta Pharmaceuticals share price is on the rise, following the news that Brett Lowrey, CEO of Bilkinton Research - the company behind the new erectile dysfunction wonder drug Priapol - has been murdered in Los Santos. Mr. Lowrey's business practices had come under scrutiny in recent days following widespread reports of heart attacks from Priapol users and accusations that Bilkinton had paid off the FDA. The LSPD has said that a full investigation into his death will be underway within hours."
Weazel News (Radio)
"A pharmaceutical CEO found murdered. Brett Lowrey, CEO of Bilkinton Research, the company that manufactures controversial new heart stopping erectile dysfunction drug Priapol has been found murdered in Los Santos. With Betta Pharmaceuticals share price already spiking on the news, there won't be many Mollis investors weeping tonight."
- Brett Lowrey - Assassinated by Franklin Clinton under the instruction of Lester Crest.
- Brett Lowrey's bodyguards - Killed for trying to stop Franklin (optional)
The reward is $9,000. Thanks to Lester, Franklin now owns a new safehouse in Vinewood Hills, the 3671 Whispymound Drive. Franklin's previous safehouse is turned into a "center for women" by Denise Clinton, and the interior and garage are no longer accessible to the player (unless they use glitches or tricks). On the enhanced edition, the garage is still usable, however.
- Pre-mission preparation:
- As Michael (Optional):
- As Trevor (Optional):
- Random Event: Altruist Camp Shootout; $103,000.
- Random Event: Drug Shootout; $10,000 - $100,000 (formerly weekly, now only one time, see Drug Shootout's EDIT information).
- Strangers and Freaks: Maude's Bail Bond missions; $20,000 - $40,000, depending on tactics.
- Strangers and Freaks: Nigel's Vinewood Souvenir mission The Last Act; $10,000, by letting Al Di Napoli live.
- Purchase the McKenzie Field Hangar: $5000 for Arms Trafficking Ground and $7000+ for Arms Trafficking Air each time. Do both missions 12 times to make back the $150k price of the property, and do further missions for profit.
- As any character (Optional - likely Franklin or Trevor):
- Purchase the Sonar Collections Dock and collect all the Nuclear Waste; $690,000+ (net profit).
- Random event: Gray's Bike Theft; ~$100,000 in Animal Ark stock (sell/reinvest).
- Random event: Buried Alive; $60,000.
- Random event: Deal Gone Wrong; $25,000.
- Random event: Countryside Shootout; $10,000.
- Random event: Security Vans; ~$5000 each.
- Collect all 11 Hidden Packages; $143,500.
- Holding up stores; ranging from nothing to $3000 at most.
- Make sure it's Monday, if not, keep sleeping with any of the protagonists numerous times to advance the time to Monday. (Trevor can sleep for 12 hours)
- Invest all the money of all three protagonists in Betta Pharmaceuticals stocks on the Bawsaq site.
- Wait for a few in-game hours or sleep once before selling the stocks so that they can reach their maximum value; the percentage of return here is ~50%. Be advised - after about 24 in-game hours, the value of the stock will start to drop.
- Once again, invest all the money of all three characters, but this time choose Bilkinton Research. Their share price has cratered, but will start to recover within about 72 in-game hours. It should fully mature to its pre-assassination level in another 72 in-game hours. The percentage of return here can easily surpass 100%.
- Timeline: Purchase Betta Pharmaceuticals stock and complete the mission on Monday, sell the stock by Tuesday, purchase Bilkinton Research stock by Friday, and sell that stock anytime after the following Monday.
Note: save the game in a different slot before doing this mission, so you can reload in case anything goes wrong.
The Dollar Pills stock is an alternative, in case the player is unable to access the Bawsaq site, just do as explained above and you should get a percentage of return of 100% with the Dollar Pills.
- If the player switches from Franklin to either Trevor or Michael and then back to Franklin, it will instantly bring the player into the cutscene of Franklin being informed by Lester that Franklin has a new safehouse, and the game will introduce the player to Franklin's new safehouse.
- Besides the news about Lowrey's death, there's also a news article from Daily Globe about a lawsuit against Redwood Cigarettes. This is a foreshadowing of the events of the next assassination mission.
- The player needs to be careful on where they escape because if the player is careless, Franklin might end up going to the wrong exit thus receiving 2 wanted levels.
- Franklin can take the FIB Granger if he chooses to snipe the target. Since it's a police vehicle, you'll need to put it into your new Garage.
- This is the only assassination mission that must be completed to progress the story, (since Franklin gets a new safehouse and must choose the final missions) the other assassination missions can be done after completing the story.
- If this mission isn't complete before doing Blitz Play, after the last heist setup for that mission, Franklin will text Michael and Trevor telling them to wait as he needs to do something for Lester.
- It is best to do Three's Company before this mission, as it will give Franklin a free Heavy Sniper, meaning that the player can invest more money from the jewelry store heist.
- After completing the mission, if Franklin quickly drives to his aunt's house and enters it while on the phone with Lester his room will be full of his possessions; when the phone call ends the environment is quickly refreshed. After being refreshed his possessions will disappear from his room and he will be locked and trapped inside the house.