The alleged target, known as "FriendlyChemist," sent Ulbright a series of messages starting in March 2013 saying he had the real names and addresses of vendors and customers that he obtained through hacking the computer of a larger Silk Road vendor. According to the complaint, FriendlyChemist threatened to publish them online unless he was given $500,000. The complaint says FriendlyChemist needed the money to pay off debts to another individual. Eventually, FriendlyChemist put Ulbricht in touch with FriendlyChemist's creditor, who went by the name "redandwhite."
Eventually, Ulbricht proposed an alternative strategy for dealing with FriendlyChemist to redandwhite: Ulbricht would pay redandwhite to kill him, according to the complaint.
In a message the complaint says was sent March 27, Ulbricht allegedly wrote them saying "In my eyes, FriendlyChemist is a liability and I wouldn't mind if he was executed. ... I'm not sure how much you already know about this guy but I have the following info and am waiting on getting his address." Ulbricht allegedly provided the information, including the name of someone in British Columbia he identified as FriendlyChemist. He noted that the target had a wife and three children, according to the complaint.
Meanwhile, FriendlyChemist reportedly sent Ulbricht an ultimatum saying he had "no choice" but to release the information within 72 hours. Several hours later, the complaint says, Ulbricht sent a message to redandwhite explicitly asking to put a bounty on [FriendlyChemist's] head and asking if he could name a price.
When redandwhite allegedly responded with a price of $150,000-300,000 depending on how "clean" of a hit he wanted, Ulbright responded by asking if he could do better and claiming "not long ago, I had a clean hit done for $80K."
According to the complaint, redandwhite confirmed receiving a payment of around $150,000 in Bitcoins on March 31. Within 24 hours, Ulbricht allegedly received a message from redandwhite stating that "your problem has been taken care of." A few days later, Ulbricht allegedly sent a message that he had received a picture of the deceased victim and deleted it. However, the complaint says Canadian law enforcement have no record of "any Canadian resident" with the name mentioned in the exchange or a record of a homicide in the area around the time and place of the supposed hit.