Espionage among the Shrubbery?

June 30th, 2010

by Tom Fischer

From the New York Times, June 29, 2010:

10 People Arrested Inside U.S. as Deep-Cover Russian Agents

“Neighbors in Montclair, N.J., of the couple who called themselves Richard and Cynthia Murphy were flabbergasted when a team of F.B.I. agents turned up Sunday night and led the couple away in handcuffs. One person who lives nearby called them ‘suburbia personified. . . .’

“Jessie Gugigi, 15, said she could not believe the charges, especially against Mrs. Murphy, who was an accomplished gardener.

“‘They couldn’t have been spies,’ Ms. Gugigi said. ‘Look what she did with the hydrangeas.'”

Of course, that bust of Lenin on the patio always seemed a little odd . . .

3 Responses

  1. brenda Rose says:

    And they had a RED BED. All red!

    “‘They couldn’t have been spies,’ Ms. Gugigi said. ‘Look what she did with the hydrangeas.’” I also saw that quote in the news and had to laugh. Guess my neighbors must think I’m safe . . .

  2. kate says:

    I bet the fact that she had a “red” garden (masquerading as her precious “hot” border, in the style of Great Dixter) was a dead give-away…

  3. To say nothing of the hammer-and-sickle bedding plants.

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