Virginia Bailey lived next door to Vladimir and Lydia Guryev for years, but never met them once - because all along they were both pretending to be someone else.
Instead the couple introduced themselves as Richard and Cynthia Murphy, and they fit in perfectly with their neighbors in Montclair, New Jersey. Cynthia was a financial planner, Richard was a stay-at-home dad, and the couple had 2 young daughters together.
So it came as a complete shock when the family was arrested by the FBI in 2010, as part of a raid on 10 Russian spies living on America's East Coast. It sounds like a plot from the FX series The Americans, but that's only because the secret plot inspired the TV show.
Since the '90s, the FBI says the "Murphys" have collected information for the SVR, the secret intelligence service that is the modern version of the KGB. The agency spied on the family for years to learn who they were and what they were after.
As a message from the Russians to the Murphy family explains, "You were sent to USA for long-term service trip. Your education, bank accounts, car, house etc. -- all these serve one goal: fulfill your main mission, i.e. to search and develop ties in policymaking circles and send intels to [the Russian government.]"
Find out what happened to the family on the next page!