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Ross Ulbricht Didn't Create Silk Road's Dread Pirate Roberts. This Guy Did

•, By Andy Greenberg

But the man who first created that mask—and in many ways served as Silk Road's mastermind just as much as Ulbricht—remains a mysterious figure, and one who by all appearances walked away unscathed from his involvement in the Silk Road's billion-dollar drug operation.

As Ulbricht's trial unfolded over the last month, one character appeared again and again in the chat logs prosecutors pulled from the laptop seized from Ulbricht at the time of his arrest: a man calling himself Variety Jones, and later, Cimon.

In the past year and a half U.S. law enforcement have arrested Ulbricht, three of his Silk Road staffers and even the administrator of a second Silk Road, but no law enforcement agency has publicly recorded capturing anyone using Jones' pseudonyms. Yet based on Ulbricht's chat logs and secret journal, Jones served as nothing less than Ulbricht's "mentor," advising the Dread Pirate Roberts closely on everything from managing the site's dealers to hiding his money offshore to threatening enemies with real-world violence.

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