Dexter Filming Locations: Produce Truck Witness

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The location: Produce Truck Witness

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

    A. A produce truck, parked outside an apartment house.

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 5, of Season 8, "This Little Piggy".

    Miami Metro suspects wealthy Ed Hamilton in the murder of housekeeper Norma Rivera.

    They visit Hamilton's mansion, where Hamilton admits having an affair with Norma, but denies killing her.

    While there, they also meet his son, Zach, who assures Dexter that his father "is an a**hole, not a killer".

    In this scene, Quinn & Miller pay a visit to the crime scene, to find out if anyone saw Hamilton there around the time of  the murder.

    They speak with an Hispanic man named Armando, a vendor who runs a produce truck.

    They show him a photo of Ed & Zach Hamilton and ask him if he has ever seen the man. 

    Armando says yes, he has, and remembers him because he was driving a Porsche in the blue-collar neighborhood.

    But when they ask Armando to point him out in the photo, he surprises them by pointing to the son, Zach, rather than the father.

    Armando agrees to come in later and give a statement.  But when he does, he suddenly has no memory of the incident.  Quinn believes that the wealthy Hamilton paid him to stay silent.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. An apartment house.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This apartment house is located at
    1823 E. Appleton Street, in Long Beach, CA.

    That's on the north side of Appleton, just east of Cherry Avenue, and south of 3rd street, about a mile and a half east of downtown L.B.

    That's just a block or two east of Yates' house, and about four blocks southeast of the El Mercado store that was seen in Episode 1.

    Like many apartment houses, this one has an open corridor running down the middle, and the front entrance leads into that corridor.  It's there that they filmed the opening of the scene, where Quinn & Miller walk and banter, before encountering the vendor.  (They are walking south down the corridor, towards Appleton Street.)

    The vendor's produce truck was parked roughly where the white van is located in my photo below.  The building seen behind the witness in most of the shots is actually across the street, it's the west side of another apartment building, at 1864 Appleton.

    (This is supposed to be the exterior of the apartment building where Norma Rivera was killed.
      But in reality, the original crime scene was shot 30 miles away - in Hollywood.)

    I shot the photo below in 2013.


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

Here is an aerial photo of the location.  Here is a Bing StreetSide view.
  And here is a map link.

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

    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 let me know in advance when something is about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the new 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 locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Suzi, Elaine, Mia, Julie, Kerry, Joel, Eric, Jeff, & others. My thanks to all of them.

    This tip came from Rick, and then I drove there in person to shoot the photo you see above.  (Thanks, Rick!)

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