It was the mid-1970s and the U.S. was embroiled in the Cold War, when two former parochial-school chums from the Palos Verdes Peninsula found a way to cash in on it by becoming spies for the Soviet Union.
Their scheme, immortalized in the book and movie "The Falcon and the Snowman," netted them about $77,000 - but cost them their freedom.
Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee had met while serving as altar boys at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in the upscale community of Rancho Palos Verdes.
As a child, Boyce was smart, athletic, good-looking and popular while Lee struggled with poor grades and unfortunate looks.
As teenagers at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Boyce's grades slipped as he became disenchanted with religion and the government, especially in light of the Vietnam War. At the same time, he became enamored with falconry - a hobby that later earned him
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