Alleged Silk Road Boss Makes First Court Appearance In New York

Adrian Chen · 11/06/13 04:19PM

Ross Ulbricht, alleged founder of the online drug market Silk Road, appeared briefly in court today for the first time since being transferred to New York City. According to Forbes' Andy Greenberg, he didn't say much, but his lawyer Joshua Dratel told reporters that Ulbricht wasn't Dread Pirate Roberts, the pseudonym used by the drug lord behind Silk Road "The evidence can't establish that he is who they say he is, or that he's done what they say he's done."

That Moment You Realize Your Housemate Is an Alleged Online Drug Lord

Adrian Chen · 10/09/13 12:53PM

29-year-old Ross Ulbricht, the alleged mastermind of the underground drug market Silk Road, did not leave much of an impression on his former housemates, according to a new report from Forbes. Until he turned up on the front page of the San Francisco Examiner, accused of running a multi-million dollar drug bazaar for years under the handle "Dread Pirate Roberts." Above are text messages, via Forbes, between housemates Drew and Brandon from the moment they realized the true identity of their mysterious summer subletter, who called himself "Josh" and said he was a "currency trader" and freelance IT worker.