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American Appetites is a 3-part Stranger side-mission featured in Red Dead Redemption.


Folks have gone missing from Armadillo recently without explanation. Marston meets three unlucky souls who have each had family members go missing and each will ask for his assistance in investigating what could have happened to their loved ones.


Part 1

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Mission Segment Prerequisites

Before the first segment of this mission becomes available, the player must complete:

Mission Objectives

To complete the first mission segment, the player must:

Mission Segment Details

As Marston passes through the town of Armadillo, he encounters a young woman in tears. Her name is Grace Anderson and she claims her son has gone missing in the hills near Hanging Rock. When Marston asks what the sheriff did about it, she continues crying and bemoans him as useless. A highlighted purple circle will appear on the map where she believes her son has gone missing.

When Marston approaches the highlighted area, all that is found is a puddle of blood, bones, and a shoe lying on the ground. These are the remains of Grace's son, Ralph Anderson, yet it is unclear who or what killed him.

Part 2

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Mission Segment Prerequisites

Before the second segment of this mission becomes available, the player must complete:

Mission Objectives

To complete the second mission segment, the player must:

northeast of The Hanging Rock.

Mission Segment Details

After a while, go back to Armadillo and you will see a man on the porch of the sheriff's office with a similar story. The man claims his wife, Beryl, went to pick mushrooms in the hills near The Hanging Rock. In short, Beryl has gone missing in the very same place Ralph Anderson went missing. Go to the highlighted spot on the map and you will find that Beryl has met the same fate as Ralph.

Part 3

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Mission Segment Prerequisites

Before the final segment of this mission becomes available, the player must complete:

Mission Objectives

To complete the final mission segment, the player must:

  • Speak to the weeping woman inside the Armadillo Sheriff's Office about her missing husband.
  • Once again investigate the hills northeast of The Hanging Rock.
  • Speak to Randall Forrester.
  • Pursue and hogtie the man who broke Forrester's leg.
  • Return the man to Forrester.
  • Rescue the man, or walk away.

Mission Segment Details

Once again, go back to Armadillo after some time has elapsed and you will find another woman that has the very same problem, her husband has gone missing, and with a child on the way, she doesn't know what to do.

Go to the highlighted spot on the map and this time you will find Randall Forrester, who claims he was injured by some city man (probably the woman's husband). When approaching him, keep your weapon holstered. He tells you that the man couldn't have gone far. You decide to go after the culprit. Lasso the man once you catch up to him, hogtie him and bring him back to Randall.

As it turns out, the "assailant" was actually innocent and was about to become the next victim of a cannibal who is none other than Randall, apparently just like how Grace Anderson's boy and the man's wife have met their demise. You are now presented with three choices: let Randall finish his meal, kill/hogtie Randall and free the victim, or kill them both and walk away.

  • Letting the cannibal continue eating gives you -100 in honor.
  • Killing the cannibal and saving the victim gives you +100 in honor and +50 in fame.
  • Hogtying the cannibal and saving the victim gives you +100 in honor and +50 in fame.
  • Killing the cannibal and the victim awards nothing.
  • Killing the cannibal before triggering the cutscene will fail the mission.

Mission Unlockables

  • Scrap for Deadly Assassin Outfit. (Originally this outfit was only available to players that pre-ordered the game before its official release date or bought it via PS Store or LIVE Marketplace. It is unlockable by default in the Game of the Year edition. As of July 2014, the outfit is now available from Compliments of the House pack.)

In the News

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In an excerpt from the The Blackwater Ledger, the issue is mentioned.


Several residents of Armadillo and the surrounding area have gone missing over the past few months in separate incidents, but none have yet turned up, either alive or dead. Local law enforcement bodies are urging residents to show extra caution when travelling in the back country on their own, or when travelling at night. -Issue No. 53


  • This Rockstar support article addresses a bug in which completion of American Appetites is not properly credited towards the scrap for the Deadly Assassin Outfit.
  • Sometimes if you chase the man for too long, a cougar will appear and kill the man. This will fail the mission and you will have to kill the cougar.
  • If the man is shot in the legs, the mission could automatically fail.

Video Walkthrough


Aiding Strangers will contribute toward the following Trophies/Achievements:

Bronze Ps3 bronze trophy
Complete a task for a Stranger.

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Silver Ps3 silver trophy
Complete 15 tasks for Strangers.

Gold Ps3 gold trophy
Attain 100% List in the singleplayer game completion list.

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