The two-story home belongs to Ray Speltzer, a groundskeeper at Briar Cemetery.
also a crazed serial killer whose idea of fun is to lure young women to
his house, dress up as a raging minotaur, and then chase them through
his personal labyrinth before killing them.
Dexter is trying to convince Debra that it is necessary to stop Speltzer before he kills again.
Debra attempts to get a search warrant on Speltzer, but is turned down by LaGuerta.
Dexter has got her paranoid enough about Speltzer that she stakes out
his house at night, just to make sure he doesn't harm anyone.
before Debra shows up, Speltzer's unlucky date shows up at the house,
and Speltzer lets her in. (She's the barmaid he met at the Sugar Mill
Saloon, when Dex was stalking him.)
Debra notices some odd sights & sounds coming from the top floor,
including a strobing light and driving, heavy metal music.
something is up, she kicks in the front door and heads upstairs, where
she finds herself in a bizarre maze straight out of a horror movie, and
encounters a rampaging Speltzer dressed in leather a nd wearing a mask
complete with giant bull horns and a ring in his nose.
is caught by him, and pulled into a doorway, where she loses her gun in
a nest of razor wire. She is just about to be killed by Speltzer, when
Dexter shows up in the nick of time and whacks him over the head with a
Unfortunately, when they go looking for the girl, they find her dead in another room.
And in the confusion, Speltzer regains consciousness and escapes.
title of this episode, "Buck the System", is a dual pun of sorts. The heavy
metal song playing in the background, as Speltzer chases the girl
through the maze, is "F**k the System" by System of a Down. And, of course, Scott Buck is the showrunner on Dexter.)
What is it actually in real life?
A. A 90-year-old Victorian home, which now serves as office space for a fraternal organization.
Where can I find it in real life?
A. You'll find this building at 805 Elm Street, in Long Beach, CA.
That's at the northwest corner of Elm and E. 8th Street, near downtown.
It sits right next to the Scottish Rite Cathedral (at 855 Elm), which owns the house. (Scottish Rite is a branch of the Freemasons.)
It clearly was built as a
residential home - in 1912, according to records. But those same
records list it now as office space, so I assume that Scottish Rite is
using the home for its offices. A wrought-iron fence encloses both the house and the cathedral.
A. In the early seasons, I usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes,
using clues from the various scenes. By the now, though,
I've 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, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a
few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode airs, I
already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only
need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct
This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Elaine, Mia, Joel, Susan, Eric, Jeff, Kerry & others. My thanks to all of
This tip came from Rick, which is a good thing, because these night shots don't provide many visual clues about where the house might be located. (Thanks, Rick!)
I then drove to the location and shot the photo you see above, which, of course, perfectly matches the screencap.