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Ross Ulbricht was born on March 27th 1984 in Austin, Texas to parents Kirk and Lynn Ulbricht. He also has an older sister Cally who is ahead of him by 5yrs. The 30 yr. old self-confessed scientist and web programmer graduated high school at the age of 18 from West Lake High School, by which time he was already fashioning himself as a future philosopher and “liberator” of the people.
In a short video clip that was posted on YouTube April 12, 2007, he sent a chilling response to the then-presidential contestant Mitt Romney who was asking what America’s greatest predicament was. Ross Ulbricht replied by saying that getting the country out of UN is the only solution. Later on, Ulbricht posted a Facebook page where he outlined his thoughts as to what exactly constitutes freedom. He urged readers to create a world where all inhabitants, and their future generations can be freer than those who lived before them.
Three years later in 2010, Ross opened his own personal bookstore called Goodwagon Books in his native town Austin, TX. At the same time, he also built a makeshift DIY “shroomery” for growing hallucinogenic fungi inside a remote log cabin in Bastrop area.
After his early endeavors failed to pick up, Ulbricht decided to go online with the Silk Road idea but admitted that he told way too many people about it. In one of his journals Ross writes that “Everyone knows too much”.
Soon after starting the Silk Road site and becoming its primary administrator, Ulbricht took the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts as his login details, after a film character in the cultish movie The Princess Bride. On March 2013, DPR solicited for his first out of a total of 6 homicides for hire that he orchestrated. This was after a minor user on the Silk Road site tried to extort cash from him, by threatening to publicly release the Silk Road users’ true identities. Though things were heated up at the moment, these killings were eventually not carried out. Dread Pirate Roberts was arrested by FBI on October 1, 2013 in a San Francisco public library.