Dexter Filming Locations: Poolside Murder


The location: The Poolside Murder.

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

    A. A Mediterranean mansion with a swimming pool in back.

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

    A. In Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 7 (of Season 2), "That Night, A Forest Grew ".

    The police arrive on the scene to find a young woman lying dead next to a pool, murdered on the patio of a Mediterranean-style mansion.

    Off to the side, the girl's stepfather sits mourning, his shirt stained with blood, from having tried to resuscitate her.

    First we see Doakes & LaGuerta talk about Dexter.  LaGuerta warns him that he has to stop harassing Dexter or he risks losing his job.

    Later, Dexter arrives on the scene as the blood expert, and starts taking photos of the stepfather and his bloody clothes. He thinks to himself that the blood spatter shows that the man did not commit the murder.

    But Dexter sees an opportunity to get rid of Doakes without killing him, so he lies to Doakes and tells him that the blood spatter on the man's shirt absolutely proves that he killed the girl.

    ( Later, after Doakes has acted on this info, has assured everyone that the stepfather is guilty, and has relentlessly interrogated the innocent man, Dexter tells LaGuerta that the man is innocent - and that Doakes knew it. His strategy works. When Doakes claims that Dexter is framing him, LaGuerta sees it as yet another lame attempt on his part to blame Dexter. )

    We also see a brief glimpse of the front of the house, as Dexter takes a phone call from Lila, while standing outside.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A mansion. But not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. The "Dexter" crew moved northeast this time, straying far from their usual coastal locations.

    You'll find the home at 907 El Campo Drive, just east of San Marino and just south of Pasadena, CA.

    That's about a mile east of the famous Huntington Library & Gardens.

    The 7,576 square-foot mansion, built in 1930, is on the west side of street.

    And it's just a two houses away from another location, the home where Dexter & Lila break in to have sex.

    I shot the photos below in 2009.

    [ Warning: This is a private home.  Do not knock on their door,
    trespass on their property, or do anything else that might disturb the residents. ]

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

    A. San Marino?  Who would have thought it?  I probably never would have found this location on my own, if I hadn't received a tip from a departed artist who let me know it was in that area, and I quickly tracked it down using aerial photos to look for that distinctive pool, tile roof, and the general layout of the property. ( Thanks! )

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