"The cliffs...the sea air...I really am free! I could cry."
Aiden O'Malley, shortly before his death

Tunnel of Death is a mission in Grand Theft Auto IV given to protagonist Niko Bellic by Derrick McReary from a bench on Vitullo Avenue in Acter, Alderney.

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Get the truck.
  • Block off the Booth Tunnel.
  • Park the truck across the two markers to block the tunnel.
  • Steal the Stockade (after taking out all the cops).
  • Lose your wanted level.
  • Ditch the truck in the quiet location.
  • Take Aiden to the cliffs.
  • Kill Aiden.


Derrick is high on drugs when Niko arrives. He tells Niko that he heard Aiden O'Malley is being transported to the Alderney State Correctional Facility, and blames Aiden for betraying him so he wants Aiden dead.

Soon, Packie calls Niko on the details. Aiden is heavily guarded by a LCPD escort. He left a Biff with a Rocket Launcher off Applewhite in Alderney City. He wants Niko to use the truck to block one end of the Booth Tunnel while Packie blocks the other end.

Niko calls Packie once he is in the truck. Packie wants this event to look like a prison break.

Niko then blocks the tunnel and stops the convoy and Packie comes from the rear and blocks that way, and one of the policemen gets out and asks Niko to move the truck. Niko and Packie launch a surprise attack on the convoy, killing all of the cops. After all the cops are dead, Niko and Packie steals the Police Stockade containing Aiden.

Niko drives the truck to Port Tudor to ditch it as he escapes police attention. Niko, Packie, and Aiden switches to a nearby Presidente and drive to the cliffs in Leftwood.

Aiden is very happy that he is free from police custody and asks who sent them to free him. Niko and Packie does not say who until they drive to the cliffs.

At the cliffs, Packie reveals that Derrick sent them to free Aiden so that Niko can kill him. Aiden is shocked and says that Derrick has always been the rat. Niko shoots the prisoner who then falls into the water as blood gushes on the ocean.

Video Walkthrough

GTA 4 - Mission 57 - Tunnel of Death (1080p)

GTA 4 - Mission 57 - Tunnel of Death (1080p)


Weazel News (Radio)

"An escaped felon is on the loose and police say it's Aiden O'Malley. O'Malley was being transported from a police station in Algonquin where he was giving evidence. He was being taken back to the Alderney State Correctional Facility. The convoy was ambushed by two trucks while going through the Booth Tunnel. O'Malley is a white male in his mid 40's. Although american-born speak with an Irish broke. He was assisted by two accomplices, one was american but the other had a foreign accent."

After killing Aiden O'Malley:

"Police have recovered the body of Aiden O'Malley, the suspected former terrorist who was busted out of a prison van on the booth tunnel. At the time, it was presumed that he had been sprung by friends. Now it seems he was freed in order to be silenced. We'll stay with this story."

Liberty Tree Newspaper

"An audacious prison escape, like something you might see on a Weazel Network show, occurred ninety seven feet under the surface of the West River earlier. A convoy carrying convicted felon, Aiden O'Malley, was ambushed by two trucks. O'Malley was being taken from a police station in Algonquin back to the Alderney State Correctional Facility. Two men used the trucks to block the convoy from the front and the back in the middle of the Booth Tunnel while they freed O'Malley. O'Malley, 48, who is American born but spent much of his adult life in Ireland, was serving a twenty-year for his involvement in a string of robberies."

"O'Malley was returning from a deposition in which he gave evidence implicating his accomplices in the carrying-out of those robberies. Police were particularly interested in his testimony relating to Bucky Sligo, who recently died. Now authorities are concerned that all of his testimony may have been used somehow to facilitate his escape. Police warn that O'Malley and his cohorts are armed and considered very dangerous."

(some missions after Tunnel of Death)
"Police have confirmed reports that a body they recovered was identified as Aiden O'Malley - the convict and possible one-time terrorist who was sprung from a prison van recently in a violent attack. At the time, it was presumed that O'Malley had friends in criminally high places. Now it seems he was freed so he could be silenced, or punished for past crimes. Police have no leads on what might have been behind the need to silence or kill Mr. O'Malley, 48. O'Malley was born and raised in Dukes but spent much of his adult life in Ireland and Britain, where he was thought to have links with several paramilitary and terrorist groups. Some experts claim that, since the ending of the Troubles, several former activists have returned to Liberty City and are engaged in the settling of old scores, while also getting involved in new forms of crime including drug dealing."





  • Aiden will have a different dialogue at the cliffs during sunset.
  • If O'Malley is killed by a Molotov, he will roll around screaming for a few seconds. When the game changes to the cutscene, he will stop burning, stand up again and collapse dead on the ground.
  • In this mission, along with Knowing Me, Knowing You, the player can hear Niko's voice through the phone, when he is talking to Packie.
  • Even though Packie calls and says the truck is on Applewhite Street, it's actually really on Mahesh Avenue.
  • If the radio station in the truck is changed before Packie calls, it returns to default once the conversation cutscene finishes.
  • Packie is seen listening to Liberty Rock Radio on the phone when the player can see him, which is his favorite station.
  • While Niko is talking to Derrick in the initial cutscene, a Flying Rat can be seen in the background (if the player hasn't killed it yet).
  • The sirens on the Police Cruiser, Police Patrol and NOOSE Patriot in this mission will stay on when the player exits them instead of the lights staying on and the sirens staying off. To do this, get in a Police car or Noose Patriot and turn on the sirens, then exit. This may be just a bug or a glitch, they will lose this feature if saved in a parking spot.
  • This is a similar mission to Off Route in The Lost and Damned
  • This mission is probably the only time the Police Stockade becomes available to the player as the ones in Three Leaf Clover were locked and inaccessible.
    • There is a way for the player to keep the Stockade. Mark a waypoint to the Alderney Safehouse then start the mission. When all the officers in the tunnel are killed, drive the stockade to the safehouse and park it in the parking space. Then fail the mission. The easiest way to do this is to get killed by the police or kill Packie just before entering the stockade. The Police Stockade should now be saved in the parking space.
  • This mission bares a very close similarity to the introduction cutscene of the original Grand Theft Auto III, as both deal with police convoys being ambushed (while one takes place on the Callahan Bridge, and another at the Booth Tunnel) and prisoners released by force. Police convoys both consist of an armored truck and a police cruiser.

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