Silk Road’s reclusive ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ opens up about life in jail

BY newsdesk  October 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM EDT

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Alleged mastermind of the biggest online drug market Silk Road, Ross William Ulbricht, gave his first jail interview to San Francisco Magazine’s Lauren Smiley against the advice of his government-provided attorneys. Ulbrichts tell Smiley that he wanted to see what it was like to be interviewed by the media. The San Francisco reporter observed the 6-foot-2 Ulbricht had an intense gaze, combed his auburn hair into a wave, and had skin “looking in need of sun.”
Ulbricht, known as the “Dread Pirate Roberts” of the massive online drug market, was arrested on federal drug trafficking, hacking, and money laundering charges on Oct. 2.

Behind bars, Ulbricht refused to comment on his guilt or innocence, posting bail, jail visits or where he worked. But Smiley writes that the “calm, circumspect, and intensely introverted man” opened up about life in jail.

He said he spends 20 to 22 hours a day in his cell alone, only leaving for showers and walks in the yard. He has no Internet or TV access. His human interactions include small talk with the guards and an hour of phone time with registered callers.

He tells Smiley that he led “a pretty private life” in San Francisco. Ulbricht’s former roommates on 15th avenue told a Forbes reporter that they knew him as Joshua Terrey, a “freelance currency trader” who was always on his computer.

And when asked about whether or not he is scared about his future, Ulbricht said, “not excessively”.

H/T Cindy Huang