Silicon Valley Murder Mystery: How Drugs and Paranoia Doomed Silk Road  ◇  ~3,900 words  ◇  Silk Road once reigned as the Internet’s premier destination for drug deals and even more illicit fare. But as the Web site became a billion-dollar enterprise, its creator, Ross Ulbricht, went from idealistic to dangerous. An adaptation from Nick Bilton’s new book shows how the empire collapsed.

…this may be what Pablo Escobar looks like in the Internet Age. Ulbricht is currently housed in the same maximum-security New York City jail as the world’s most famous drug lord, “El Chapo.”

Nick Bilton  ※  Vanity Fair  ※  ※  April 16, 2017