Cynthia’s job at Morea Financial Services paid a respectable salary of $135,000, and the family seemed to want for nothing. The girls had both shown an aptitude for languages at their local school. Lisa was just starting to learn Chinese and Kate could already speak Spanish. In short, everything in the Murphy world appeared to be pretty idyllic.
But much to the astonishment of the good folks of Montclair, this seemingly perfect example of American apple-pie life was a complete mirage. And it was a mirage that evaporated brutally when the FBI raided the Murphy homestead on June 27, 2010. Because shortly after, shocked neighbors found out the true identity of the Murphys.
The next day, the true identities of Mr. and Mrs. Murphy emerged. They were, in fact, two Russians whose real names were Vladimir Guryev and Lidiya Guryeva. The two had actually arrived in the U.S. in the 1990s and had first lived in an apartment in Hoboken, New Jersey. And their only reason for coming to America was espionage.