In Hitman: Absolution, once per segment, in almost every mission, 47 can pick up a piece of evidence which, presumably, incriminates him somehow. They are usually placed in public areas that are difficult to enter, left unnoticed and can come in the form of dossiers or video/audio tapes. Collecting each piece of evidence is required for the challenge "Evidence Collector" and increases the points (which can be just enough to even out the penalty points, if penalty points are gained in Normal Mode or Contract Mode) when each one is found. They also provide a considerable amount of evidence (almost 75% of maximum), which can help completing a mission easily, especially on higher difficulties. Apart from this, they don't give the player any real benefit or reward.Collecting all evidences will unlock the achievement *Information is Power*.
The first piece of evidence is in the form of a video/audio tape, and can be found on the shelf in the room where the security system can be disabled.
Mansion Ground Floor
This piece is in the form of a file, and can be found in the ground floor of the mansion where the head of security can be found; the piece is on a coffee table by the stairs near the large window. It can be easily acquired with the chef or guard disguise.
The only piece in this mission is a file in the pagoda next to the coffee from which the King frequently drinks. This may be easier to access with a disguise from the dealer, who can be found in his apartment or near his stash in an alley which can be found if he is followed after his conversation with the King.
A video tape evidence can be found at the hotel's front desk on a table where a fat receptionist is present. Sneaking into cranky lady's room and from there into evidence room and prove effective in acquiring this piece, as the man talking to receptionist will not stop 47.
A file can be found in the upper floors in the room next to the ballroom with the piano and the exit door. This piece rests on a table, with a guard present close to it.
A file is present on the desk around the statue in the second part of the library. To find this undetected, a disguise may be necessary. There's also a radio on the table on the left side of statue, which can prove useful for distracting one of the policemen present close to the statue.
A file is present on the counter in the room with the two policemen interrogating the doper on a sofa. Acquiring this isn't much difficult while in the policemen disguise.
A file rests on the counter before going through the door to the platform. Collecting this undetected is very difficult due to the large number of police around. However, distracting the policemen before blending in (using instinct) and then taking cover behind counter proves much useful for collecting this piece. However, the piece should only be collected after the guard with the counter arrives back after the distraction, as he may spot 47. The area can be left the same way as above, though hiding at the donuts boxes may be required too. However, a guard will mistake 47 to someone else, and will talk to him here, so waiting is mandatory before he turns around.
A file is present on the hood of the police cruiser on which the shotgun is located (in the center of the two cruisers), right after the stairs up from the underground starting point. The area is heavily guarded, and distraction as well as a disguise may be required for collecting it.
A video tape is found in the office above the club's spot. It can be infiltrated by hoping onto the ledge (just after reaching club) and entering the room via window.
A file is present on boxes. The immediate surroundings are heavily guarded by policemen. Droping down the prostitute's corpse (in the room above) to distract the police can prove much effective in acquiring it. The room can be accessed by hoping onto the ledge close to the broken stairs at the end of same hallway the policemen are present.
A video tape can be found on the counter of the store. Acquiring it after turning on the fireworks is much easy, especially in vendor's disguise.
A file is present in one of the two rooms, and can acquired easily due to less security here.
Chinese New Year
A file rests behind the policeman guarding the entrance to the alley where one of the targets goes with a vendor. It can be easily acquired by entering the alley form the other side.
A file rests on the counter where a fuse can be found on Hard, Expert and Purist difficulties. It is present in the room before the small room where power can be restored after acquiring the fuses. A large number of thugs guarding the area means that a disguise and multiple distractions are required to obtain it.
A file is present on the box next to two thugs talking about 47. A distraction can help acquiring it.
Great Balls of Fire
The only piece in this mission is a video tape in the keycard locked room. The room can be accessed by obtaining the keycard from one of the bouncers after knocking him out, or via the vent in the bathroom.
A video tape can be obtained from the keycard locked bunker in the shooting range. The keycard can be acquired from the counter after distracting the employee by disabling a fuse box.
Streets of Hope
A video tape is present on the table on the second floor of the garage, where a policeman and a mechanic are talking about Lenny's gang. It can be obtained easily with policeman disguise after the policeman has left. Obtaining this piece with mechanic disguise is difficult as the mechanic close to it will spot the player.
A file is placed atop the television being watched by some NPCs in the large room. It can be acquired easily with Barber disguise after disabling the TV fuse-box, located in the basement, whose entrance is located close to the TV. Collecting it while the TV is on will cause the NPCs to turn hostile.
A videotape is located in the room where exit to the segment is located. The tape is present on the side opposite to that of exit. Two guards patrol this area.
A file is located on the top of TV where two guards are playing a game on console. It can be acquired easily after turning of the console by disabling its fuse-box, which will cause one of the guards to come and fix it, while the other one will start to fix the console. On higher difficulties, more guards are also present in the area.
A file is located on the table where two guards are talking about positions of other guards. It can be acquired after one of the guards leaves and the other one turns his back. A guard is also present on the other side of the room, but remaining in sneak mode while collecting this piece will not enable him to spot the player in meantime.
A file is located on the counter in the center of the large room in the factory, directly below the Nuclear bomb. Multiple guards are present in the area, making its collection very difficult without Arms Dealer Disguise.
A file is present on a table in the room where the button controlling the test mines is located. Due to the presence of both Guards and Scientists in the area, collecting it in any of the two available disguises is difficult.
A file is located on the desk in the room where the security system can be disabled. Three guards watch fights on TV, and the room is also visited by a scientist frequently.
A file is located on a desk close to a patient at the lowest floor, where Dr. Ashford is present. It is located on the left side of the valve which is located close to the bridge, and can be turned off to close vents and fill the room with steam, thereby making it very easy to obtain the file.
A file is located on a box in the far right corner of the map (as seen from the entrance to the hangar, left of the starting position). A guard is present here, and can be distracted easily to acquire the file. A Remote Explosive as well as a guard disguise are also present close to this piece.
A video tape is found in a small room on the second floor of the arena. The room is located at the end of the 2nd floor balcony, and is occupied by a guard as well as several of Patriot's entourages, making it difficult to acquire in both of these disguises. However, with the Patriot disguise, it can be acquired easily as no one can see through it.
A file is located on a box close to the vehicles. Multiple Agency operatives guard this area, and thus obtaining this piece is quite difficult.
Another file is located on a box in the center on the map (close to the fuel pump). Since multiple Agency operatives guard this area, obtaining this piece is also difficult.
A file is located on the boxes close to a vehicle near the command post (where Lisandra Dixon is present). It is present on the clear way (between the fields), which leads to command post. Depending on difficulty, multiple guards are present in this area.
A file is located in a room located on the left side of the central room with statue, next to the keycard locked room. Multiple policemen are present in the room, making it difficult to obtain. However, distracting two policemen using a throwable item and radio one after another can help clearing the path and get it. The Judge disguise is very useful to obtain this piece, since no one can see through it and the room is not restricted.
A video tape is located on a table in the room with entrance to next segment. It is quite easy to obtain with Policeman or Judge disguise.
A video tape is located in the small room just after the door that is opened by a button. A guard is present in the room, who can be lured out through a distraction or can be killed.
A file is located on a desk in the large room, on the side opposite to where Silverballers are present. It is quite difficult to obtain since multiple guards are present in the room, with two very close to it. Furthermore, sometimes the command of picking it up may not appear. Taking cover behind the desk might fix it (PC version).
A file is located on a box between the vehicles outside the jail. It is present behind two ICA operatives talking about guard deployments. It can be obtained by sneaking between the cars from left side (a patrolling guard can be distracted).
A file is located on a box close to the entrance to the second section of the large room with Agency Heavy Troopers.
A file is present on a box on the far end of the map, directly opposite side from the exit. It is very difficult to obtain due to the presence of a large number of Agency operatives and troopers.
A video tape is located on the desk in the basement of the shop.
A video tape is located in the small cabin located at the end of the pathway which begins from the right side of the starting position (next to the two guards guarding the entrance), where three guards are present. The room is occupied by two guards, and a car outside can be used for a distraction.
A video tape is located on a couch on the left side of the harpoon gun in the large room, where multiple weapons are present. Due to a large number of guards deployed here, taking it with or without a disguise is difficult. But the Blackwater Tactical Team disguise (with the mask, which can be obtained from one of the three men guarding Layla) is useful for obtaining it since the other guards deployed in the room cannot see through it.
A files is present in the keycard locked room, located in the second section of the map. The keycard can be found in the room at the end of section, which can be accessed through a vent next to first minefield or a door on the left side of it.
The locked room can also be accessed by firing two Silverballer bullets at the door, which will cause on of the guards enter the room. The room can be infiltrated while the door is open.
A file is located on a small wall on the left side of the central pathway in the second section of the map. Collecting it is very difficult due to multiple ICA operatives here.
Burnwood Family Tomb
A file is present on a box before the stairs leading to the Crematorium. An Agency Spas 12 shotgun and its ammo is also present with it.