Dexter Filming Locations: The Bloody Socks crime scene

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The location: The Bloody Socks crime scene.

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

    A. An upscale 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 Episode 7 (of Season 3), "Easy As Pie".

    Dexter, Angel, Masuka, and the Miami police arrive at a crime scene.

    A woman, Lisa Morton, has been murdered in her posh home and is found lying sprawled on the floor of her living room.

    Angel speculates that the guy broke into the home with a screwdriver, and then stabbed the victim with that screwdriver when she surprised him.

    Dexter notes that there are bloody footprints on the floor, but that the person who made them wasn't wearing shoes. Just socks.

    Masuka speaks up and says he knows who did it: Albert Chung (or, as Masuka puts it: "f**king Albert Chung")

    He tells them about a previous home invasion crime where the assailment took off his shoes before committing the crime.

    Masuka says he remembers it because the killer was Asian, and "it makes us all look bad. And taking off his shoes?  Can anyone get more cliché?"

    (Chung is eventually captured later, when Ellen Wolf helps LaGuerta nail him outside her office.)

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A home, but nowhere near Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This scene was shot far from "Dexter's" usual territory.

    They had been out filming the scene with Prado & Dexter at the double-decker driving range, in Downey, so they shot this scene while they were nearby (along with the scene of Debra warning Anton about the Skinner).

    The home used in this scene is at 8420 Lexington Road, in DowneyCA.

    That's on the south side of Lexington, just west of Brookshire Ave, about a mile east of the driving range, and just one block west of the Anton/Debra scene.

    Given how grand the house looks on the show, it's situated in a relatively modest neighborhood.

    The city of Downey is located about 9 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, and about 13 miles north/northeast of their usual stomping ground of Long Beach. The city is in a triangle formed by the Long Beach (710) freeway (on the west), the Century (105) freeway (on the south), and the 605 freeway to the east.

    I shot the photo below in November 2010:

    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. I didn't.  I searched for months on this one, to no avail.

    It's mostly an interior scene, and very little is seen of the exterior, except an occasional brief glimpse out the front door.

    Finally, in late 2010, I got a tip from Geoff  (who also found the Anton/Debra road nearby). (Thanks, Geoff!)

    I then drove to Downey and shot photos of the house.  Blowing up those photos revealed details that matched perfectly, including the distinctive window in the front door, the arch visible inside the upper window, and the curly wrought-iron fence.

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