Dexter Filming Locations: Body of the Brain Surgeon Killer's First Victim (Robert Bailey) Discovered

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The location: The Body By the Lake

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

    A. A crime scene, on a lawn near a lake.

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 1, of Season 8, "A Beautiful Day". 

    Miami Metro discovers the mutilated body of the Brain Surgeon Killer's first victim: a man named Robert Bailey.

    His body is lying on a lawn next to what appears to be a lake.

    Dexter reports that he was killed by a single gunshot wound to the heart, and Masuka says that the gun was pressed against him at the time.

    Upon closer examination, Dexter is surprised to discover that the back of the victim's head has been sliced off, and a small part of the brain has been removed.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A public park and lagoon.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This is the Colorado Lagoon Park, at
    5119 E. Colorado Street, in Long Beach, CA.

    But the lawn where they find the body isn't near Colorado Street.  It's on a small jetty of grass, near the east end of the parking lot on the north side of the lagoon.

    This is the same park where they filmed the discovery of Miguel Prado's body, back in the third season.

    In fact, the place where they find Robert Bailey's body is almost the exact same spot where they earlier found Miguel Prado's body - after Dexter killed him. (This must be a popular dumping ground for bodies in Miami!)

    To reach the spot (without walking all the way around the lake), enter via the park entrance on the south side of 6th Street (about a quarter of a mile east of Park Avenue), onto a little road called Nieto Avenue, that runs to the parking lot. As you drive into the park on Nieto, the spot where they filmed the scene will be on your left, just before you reach the parking lot.

    And yes, that "lake" is the Colorado Lagoon, a saltwater body that was originally linked to the nearby Alamitos Bay.

    Colorado Lagoon Park lies just above (northwest) of Marina Vista Park (where they filmed Harrison's soccer game), and just below (south of) Recreation Park.

    The park is about half land and half water, including sandy shores by the Lagoon. But while swimming used to be a popular past time here, once the Lagoon was cut off from the Bay, and storm drains emptied into it, the water quality has greatly diminished.

I shot the photos below in 2009

Here is an aerial photo of the location.  Here is a Google StreetView.
  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.

    I originally found this site, back in the third season, when a fan who lives nearby the park, Julie, tipped me that they had been filming there.  And she came through again this time, reporting that they were filming what appeared to be a crime scene at the Colorado Lagoon.  (Thanks, Julie!)

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