Drug Kingpin appears to be an 'ordinary guy'
October 4 , 2013
The mastermind behind alleged Silk Road was anything but a mundane drug boss. He lived in an apartment with two roommates and paid $1,000 as rent every month. Ross Ulbricht was once busted in the sci-fi section of his public library and subsequently arrested.
According to the FBI, Ulbricht made around $80M while running his online drugstore, which had a $1.6B turnover in a span of two years. The mastermind had even ordered the killings of two people in order to protect his operation; one of the supposed victim's photo was presented to him but it's not clear if the killing ended up taking place. He second hit man that he attempted to hire was an undercover agent.
Ulbricht is a Texas native and appears to be an ordinary and nerdy person. He studied solar cells in grad school at Pennsylvania State University and has complained about the government and written on his LinkedIN profile that his goals changed after graduation.
"I am creating an economic simulation to give people a first-hand experience of what it would be like to live in a world without the systemic use of force," Ulbricht wrote.