If you know the name Ross Ulbricht, it's probably for just one thing: He is the man federal authorities have indicted in the U.S. for allegedly operating Silk Road, the anonymous, illegal Bitcoin web site for drug dealers and counterfeit currency traders.

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He is also charged with ordering the assassinations of six people he believed had ripped him off as he accumulated a personal fortune of $20 million in Bitcoin from transaction fees on Silk Road. (None of them were actually killed; the "hits" were set up by undercover agents.)

But Ulbricht's parents and sister don't recognize this description of him. They have mounted a campaign to raise money for his legal defense and, they hope, prove his innocence. "Ross is not a criminal mastermind and Ross is not a killer," they say, on the site they have started to spread the word about his case.

Ulbricht's mother, Lyn, gave Business Insider these photos of Ulbricht's life before he was arrested so people can see the another side of the man the FBI claims is the "Dread Pirate Roberts."

This is Ross with his parents, Kirk and Lyn, and his sister Cally.

Ulbricht moved from Austin, Texas, to live with his sister in Bondi, Australia.

Cally Ulbricht's Twitter account.



Ross with his sister and mom in San Francisco. Cally has devoted her Twitter account to protesting Ross's innocence.

See Cally's Twitter account here.



Ross loved the outdoors, nature and the wilderness. This is him on a camping trip with a friend. We cannot name the other person for legal reasons.


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