Dexter Plants Matt's Glove
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A bit of woods by a highway, just not in New York.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. That highway is actually Route 140, where it passes through Gardner, Massachusetts.
The exact spot near where he drops the glove is just south of Route 140, between Kelton Street on the west and Matthew Street on the East.
It's only a mile or so from Lake Wampanoag and Camp Collier, where they filmed Dexter's cabin and the Roaring Forks summer camp
This spot on Route 140 is about 1,000 feet beyond (south/southeast of) 311 Kelton Street, which is the closest street address I could find via Google maps.
The GPS coordinates for the spot on the highway is about: 42°36'11.7"N 71°58'33.3"W
The GPS coordinates for the woods just south of the highway is: 42°36'10.4"N 71°58'33.8"W
In the last scene of final episode (10), this part of MA-140 shows up again. When Harrison drives under an overpass on the way out of town, he is driving under the Kelton street overpass on MA-140, heading west. And when the caravan of police cars roar by, light flashing, he is about 1,200 feet past (east of) that overpass, essentially at the same place where Dexter dropped the glove.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
So I took a closer look at the screencaps From that glove-dropping scene, and sure enough, I spotted a small, blue, cylindrical water tank in the distance. I have blown up that part of the image, so you can see the tank a little better:
Using StreetView, I hopped on the southbound Route-140 and started looking at the horizon for that water tank.
When I didn't immediately see it, I decided to try to find the exact location of that water tank, so I googled for images of it. But to my surprise, there were no images of that Garner water tank to be found.
Eventually, after a lot of more searching, I came across a city work-order for the repair of that same water tank in Gardner, and it specified the address of the tank as "Route 140 and Matthews Street, Gardner, MA."
Once I knew that, it was a simple matter of drawing a line between the tank and the curve in the highway, to identify the approximate area where the glove spot should be. Then I used StreetView to get back on the highway, and started "driving" southeast, hoping to be able to spot that blue tank on the horizon, just as you could see it on the screen.
It took a while, but that blue tank, small as it was in the distance, eventually moved into view, and I was able to make an almost identical match on StreetView to the screencap of that highway shot. Take a look:
I then took a closer look at an aerial view of the woodsy area just off that spot on the highway, and saw that there were indeed some open clearings that they could have used to film, as well as nearby areas where they could park their vehicles. So then it was simply a matter of using Google maps to give me the approximate GPS coordinates of that spot.
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