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Posted on: Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Ross Ulbricht's path from Westlake teen to drug ring mastermind now 'Silk Road' biopic
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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.

Now, 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."

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