Bitcoin, The Princess Bride, and the Black Market

Ross William Ulbricht, A.K.A. “Dread Pirate Roberts,” shown over a screenshot of the Silk Road homepage.
Basic illustration of how Tor maintains privacy
A video from Ross Ulbricht’s YouTube in 2007, showcasing his Libertarian ideals.
A screenshot of what could be bought and sold for bitcoins on Silk Road
Gary Alford in his office
A courtroom artist’s rendition of Ulbricht’s sentencing



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Elliot Mauro

Elliot Mauro

Ambitious and passionate 23 year old journalist. They/them.