The location: The Head found in the Park
Quinn comes back and says that they found the victim's body elsewhere in the park, but no ID.
The park is seen again in Episode 4, "Practically Perfect", when we see the cops (Debra, Quinn & Angel) going door to door, trying to get the Venezuelan neighbors to talk about the murder. But they are having no luck.
The park's community center (with the mural) is seen again in the background as the trio talk to each other on the street.
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A public park - just not in Miami.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This scene was shot at Drake Park, located at 951 Maine Ave, on the west side of downtown Long Beach, CA.
The scene was shot on the south side of the park, on Park Circle (W. 9th Street), under a big tree, between the handball court and the community center building.
The park is
located right across the street from the suicide
house, (where the headless victim's husband died), and not far from
where Dexter rented the moving van
- both locations seen in this same episode.
shot these photos of the park in June 2010:
They had set up their base camp near the corner of Park & Chestnut:
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. In previous seasons, I've usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes. By the 5th season, though, I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know in advance when something was about to film there.
Between those reports, and my own personal reconnaissance around town, by the time the first episode aired, I already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.
This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Joel, Geoff, Ellen, Julie, Susan, Jeff, and others. My thanks to all of them.
This particular tip came from Rick, who let me know they were filming at the park. (Thanks, Rick!)
I drove down to take a look at the scene, and shot the photos you see above.
And no, the park doesn't normally look that bad: I watched as a young woman, hired by the production, painted the fake graffiti on the walls of that handball court, and it was removed after the filming. Ironically, her artwork is barely seen in the scene - just a brief glimpse behind Debra (see the fourth photo from the top).
The mural on
the community center, on the other hand (which is seen more often in the
scene), is real.
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