Before he was the mastermind of a dark web drug
marketplace, Ross Ulbricht was an Austin-area teenager. His path to
creating the Silk Road — and the string of deaths and the millions in
cryptocurrency on the way — became a national crime story, covered by
outlets including the American-Statesman.
it's a feature film: "Silk Road," written and directed by Tiller
Russell. It's out in theaters and available on demand on Feb. 19.
Ulbricht started the Silk Road online marketplace in 2011. Prosecutors later said he collected $18 million in bitcoin as commission on more than 1 million drug deals through the site. He operated under the alias Dread Pirate Roberts, a reference to "The Princess Bride."