Submitted by SHILL on Jan. 9, 2019, 8:57 a.m.
Variety Jones (timmy)
Despite Ulbricht's arrest and the rounding up of four of his Silk Road lieutenants, the second most important figure in that black market operation still hasn't been captured or even publicly identified. Variety Jones served as Ulbricht's security consultant, advisor, and even mentor, according to Ulbricht's journal and chat logs the prosecutors admitted into evidence at trial. The anonymous figure, who sold cannabis seeds on the site, also secretly advised Ulbricht on everything from tracking sales statistics to creating a personal cover story. It was Jones who named him the DREAD Pirate Roberts to give the impression of a rotating command rather than a single individual. And Jones also nudged the Dread Pirate Roberts toward violence, suggesting in a private chat that they murder an employee believed to have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars in bitcoin from the site.