The location: Trinity's Bathtub Murder.

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A residential home.


Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in Miami.


Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In the very first episode of the 4th Season, "Living the Dream".

    This is the house where we see the Trinity Killer
    ('Arthur Mitchell', played by John Lithgow), kill his first victim.

    We see him waiting, naked, in the woman's house. When she enters, he takes her captive.

    We then see them naked together in the bathtub, with him holding her in a chokehold from behind.

    The sicko then takes a straight razor and slits the femoral artery in her thigh.

    As she bleeds out, and the bathtub water slowly turns red, Trinity holds a mirror up to her face so that she can see herself as she dies.

    We see the house later, in the morning, after the police arrive to investigate.

    While checking out the scene, Dexter discovers blood evidence underneath the old floor tiles around the bathtub, indicating that there was a second murder there some 30 years ago. More of Trinity's twisted handiwork.

    Two other things happen at this location: Quinn meets news reporter Christine Hill for the first time (outside, on the lawn, when she asks him questions about the murder), and Dexter is surprised to see FBI agent Lundy show up.


Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A residential home. But not near Miami.


Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. The house is at 2941 Nipomo Avenue, in Long Beach, CA.

    That's on the west side of the street, just four houses south of Spring Street.

    It's also just a few blocks west of El Dorado Park, where they filmed several scenes this season (including the roll-over accident and the Tampa pit stop).


    * The scene of Trinity murdering his victim in the bathtub is intercut with scenes of Dexter arriving at home, and trying to sneak out of his car without waking the new baby. That was supposed to be in front of Dexter's new house, but in reality, they shot the scene on Nipomo Avenue, at the same time, just three houses south of the crime scene house (see the second photo below). Of course, Dexter's new house is miles away, in the Bluff Park section of Long Beach, but I suppose they thought that since it was dark, and you don't really see the background in the scene, it didn't really matter.



    I shot the one photo below in November 2009.




    [ Warning: This is a private home.  Do not trespass on their property, knock on their door,
    or do anything else that might disturb the residents. ]




    The photos below, of the actual filming, were shot on the afternoon of June 5, 2009, by Kerry Weiss:

    This shot is of the "murder house" while they were filming interiors (looking west).


    The shot below is also looking west, three houses to the south, where they parked Dexter's Kia (for a brief, unrelated scene. * )


    And this is a great shot Kerry got of Michael C. Hall's director's chair.


    Here is an aerial photo of the house. And here is a map link.



Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. Months before the season began, I got a tip from Long Beach fan Kerry Weiss, who told me that she had spotted signs posted, indicating they were filming somewhere around Nipomo Ave.

    She later went to the location there during the actual June filming, and shot the photos you see above.

    ( She also overheard the dialog of that crying baby scene, which is how I know they filmed it here on Nipomo, instead of in front of Dexter's house. Thanks Kerry! )

    And although I didn't need any additional evidence, the street number (2941) is visible above the front door in the scene.



 
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