Dexter Filming Locations: The Grieving Fiancé


The location: The Grieving Fiancé.

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 Episode 4 (of Season 3), "All in the Family".

    We first see Dexter inside the house, shooting photos of a murder scene. A man named Jack has had his head bashed in, and the cops must deal with his grieving fiancé, Fiona, who is in a state of shock.

    Quinn arrives and Debra goes outside to meet him, giving us a look at the houses across the street in this residential neighborhood.

    Back inside, Fiona refuses to part with Jack's clothing as evidence, until Quinn comforts here and talks her into letting go (prompting Debra to remark "He's like the f***ing Witness Whisperer!").

    Later, Quinn also interrupts Debra's questioning of Fiona, at the police station, as they try to get more information from her about the murderer, causing some tension between the two.

    But when Dexter does a blood-spatter analysis of the scene, it turns out that the killer wasn't 6-foot tall, as Fiona has said, but was, instead, her own height.

    They soon discover that Fiona herself was the killer. Jack's friends never heard of Fiona. She was a stalker who had simply invented their "relationship" to satisfy her own deeply-held fantasy, then killed him to stop him from shattering that illusion.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A residential home - but not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This home is at 3800 N. Weston Place, in northwest Long Beach, CA.

    That's on the same street as Miguel Prado's home, but on the opposite (east) side of the street, and just a few houses to the south.  It's on the northeast corner of Weston & Bixby Road.

    The houses across the street, glimpsed in the outdoor part of scene, are on the west side of Weston. The large green one is on the northwest corner of Weston & Bixby.

    It's just a block southwest of another "Dexter" location: the home of Maria LaGuerta, one street east of the white home that Rita & Syl were trying to sell, and about three blocks west of two other locations, the Angel Food Donuts stand on Long Beach Blvd and the spot where Debra spied on Ramon.

    (And it's also just south of the "American Pie"/"Ferris Bueller" Country Club neighborhood in north Long Beach.)

    Above is a screencap from the episode, showing the view across the street, as well as part of the walkway.
    (note the scaffolding on the house to the left)

    And below is a matching photo I shot in 2009. (The house on the left appears to have been repainted.)

    And here is a photo I took of the crime scene house itself, also shot in 2009

    [ Warning: These are private homes.  Do not trespass on their property, knock on their doors,
    or do anything else that might disturb the residents. ]

    Here is an aerial photo of the area with the locations marked. And here is a map link.

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

    A.  The challenge of finding this location was complicated by the fact that you never really see the crime scene house itself, just part of its front walkway. What you do see is a partial view of what is across the street, two houses - a smaller yellow one on the right, and a larger, green house on the left.

    What threw me off course here was the larger house. On TV, with only part of it visible, I mistook it for an apartment house. And since I knew that there were no apartment houses on Miguel Prado's street, I didn't bother looking there, and instead focused on other neighborhoods - without success, of course.

    I finally got a tip, from a departed artist, that it was on the same street as Prado's house, and knowing that, I found it very quickly. Not only did the two houses across the street match, but so did the walkway of the house itself, something confirmed by the photos I shot later.

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