Murderous Son, Who Killed His Hedge Fund Father Over $200 Allowance, Was A Mentally-Disturbed Princeton Economics Grad

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The most bizarre story from the past weekend was the shocking murder of Tom Gilbert, 70, founder of the Wainscott biotech-focused hedge fund, who was shot dead in his Sutton Place apartment on Sunday Afternoon: shocking because the alleged shooter was none other than his Millennial, hence unemployed, 30-year-old son. What was certainly unclear at the time was what would be the motivation of a son to kill his successful and wealthy father, especially in such dramatic cold blood.

We now know not only the motivation, thanks to AP:

The son of a millionaire Manhattan hedge fund founder who allegedly gunned down his dad over his allowance has been arraigned on a second-degree murder charge, authorities said.


A law enforcement source told the New York Post that Thomas Gilbert Jr. had just been told by his father that he would only receive $400 for spending money per month from that point on in addition to $2,400 per month for rent. The younger Gilbert had previously received $600 per month.



"She [Mrs. Gilbert] found Senior on the floor with a bullet hole in the head," said Boyce. "She also found a gun resting on his chest with his left hand covering it."

... but also the alleged psychopath's background:

Gilbert Jr. attended Princeton, graduating in 2009 with a degree in economics. Authorities said he had no recent work history.




Gilbert Jr. has a pending criminal case in the town of Southampton, on eastern Long Island.


Gilbert Jr., who has an address in the hamlet of Wainscott, was arrested Sept. 18 on a charge of criminal contempt. Southampton town police say he violated an order of protection issued in Brooklyn in June. Police say he confronted a man named Peter N. Smith at Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack on Sept. 1.


He has pleaded not guilty and has a Feb. 2 court date scheduled.

And then it gets really bizarre. As the Mail reports, Junior was also charged with 21 counts of criminal possession of forgery devices after skimming device and 21 blank credit cards found at his home, and may have also burned down a rival's Hamptons mansion:

A Princeton graduate who was on Monday charged with murdering his multimillionaire father and attempting to stage the death as a suicide was also the prime suspect in an arson attack that burned down a rival's Hamptons mansion, it has been revealed.


Tommy Gilbert Jr, 30, was arrested in September for violating a restraining order taken out by Peter N. Smith, days after Mr Smith's father's home went up in flames.


Princeton graduate Gilbert Jr appeared in court charged with shooting dead his father, Thomas Gilbert Sr, at the family's luxury Manhattan apartment in a fight over his allowance being cut.


The Ivy Leaguer was a mainstay at New York society black-tie events in recent years but one ex-girlfriend revealed details of his dark side on Monday. 


Manhattan socialite Anna Rothschild, 49, whom he dated last year, said Tommy was a loner with few friends who deeply resented his father and was obsessed with how he would 'never be good enough' for his dad.


Gilbert Jr.'s ex-girlfriend Anna Rothschild, 49, says he was a loner whose phone only rang when his mother called. The two are pictured together at a charity gala at the Jane Hotel in last January 


Reports were also emerging today that Gilbert Jr suffered from mental illness and had been off his medication prior to the shooting.


Gilbert Jr was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon along with 21 counts of criminal possession of forgery devices after skimming device and 21 blank credit cards were found at the Chelsea apartment his father paid for. 


Gilbert Jr.'s ex girlfriend - twice-divorced Upper East Side socialite Anna Rothschild - told the Post that her former flame was a loner who had few friends and never got phone calls. The only person who ever called him was his mother, Miss Rothschild says. 


Gilbert Jr. was jobless - and seemed to have few prospects, and little interest, for finding serious work.


Instead, he spent most his time in the Hamptons, going to the gym, doing yoga and surfing. 



'How could a guy be that gorgeous, that wealthy, that fit and kill his dad? This is the last thing in a million years that I thought he could do,' Miss Rothschild, 49, told the Post. 


His one professional aspiration was founding his own hedge fund - but he complained that his father wouldn't give him the seed money to start it, Miss Rothschild said. 


Gilbert Jr. has an investment company registered to his $2,400-a-month Chelsea apartment - though it's not clear the firm has any assets under investment.


The company is a called Mameluke Capital - mamelukes being 13th-century Muslim slave soldiers. 


Miss Rothschild said Gilbert Jr. was also preoccupied with how controlling his father was over his money and was convinced that he could never do anything to gain his approval.


* * *


The first thing multiple acquaintances said of Gilbert Jr when asked to comment by Daily Mail Online on their fellow Princeton or Deerfield alumnus was the rumor that he'd burned down his one-time friend's house last summer.



Additionally a long-time resident of East Hampton and acquaintance of Gilbert Sr., who was a member of the upscale Maidstone Club there, also repeated the allegation.


The home belonged to Peter Smith Sr., a friend of the Gilbert family.


The Post reports that Gilbert Jr. had been friends with Peter Smith Jr. - but that they had fallen out over a girl.


The Post also claims that Gilbert Jr. Killed Smith's dog - but this was denied to Daily Mail Online by sources close to the events.


Three days after the fire, on September 18, Gilbert Jr. was arrested for violating an order of protection taken out by Smith Jr.


Peter Smith Jr, 32, declined to comment on the allegations and his sister, Bettina Prentice, did not respond to requests for comment.


* * *


Tommy Gilbert Jr, attended The Buckley school on Manhattan's Upper East Side from kindergarten until eighth grade. Tuition costs around $35,000 a year.


Noteable alumni of the school include actor James Harder, philanthropist David Rockefeller Jr and Robert Wagner, former deputy mayor of New York.


He then went on to the $50,000-a-year Deerfield Academy in Western Massachusetts, which counts the King of Jordan and Prince of Jordan among its alumni.


After graduating from Deerfield in 2003, Gilbert Jr accepted a place at Princeton University where he graduated in 2009.


A friend told Daily Mail Online on Monday: 'He was a really nice person. He was smart, athletic and he went to Princeton.


'He took some leave of absences from Princeton which is why it took him so long to graduate. He must have been really angry to do something so out-of-character.'


* * *


Tommy Gilbert Jr was arrested at his home on Sunday night in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, following the fatal shooting of his father, the founder of hedge fund, Wainscott Capital.

And so on, more here.

Still, remember: when dealing with murderous psychopathic Princeton economists, correlation is not always causation.

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j0nx's picture

Yeah but you'll sure hear about the weapon he used to commit the crime though. No privacy issues there. No siree.

detached.amusement's picture

that's because if people started finding out that pretty much everyone that loses it is on some sort of antidepressant, people might make some correlations

hot sauce technician's picture

Couldn't agree more Pub. This guy was pretty blessed - family, money, genetics (to some degree or other), edumacation... Wouldn;t have needed to make too much of an effort to get his life together... Bankers, entitled classes, whatever... This shit is just sad, and when I read about the meds I had no doubt as to what triggered such psychopathic behavior. Stay safe wherever you are.

detached.amusement's picture

hot sauce is fabulous, I salute you, sir

stant's picture

I am staying out of the malls. what more can you ask?

HardAssets's picture

stant:  "I am staying out of the malls. what more can you ask?"

I stay out of malls anyway. Malls completely Suck.

Bay of Pigs's picture

MDB, now that is way over the fuckan top! Haha...

10mm's picture

Is that you Tokyo Rose.Oh, it's MDB.

WillyGroper's picture

MDB, be honest. What comedy circuit to you write for?

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

Blah Blah Blah, kill yourself you worthless racist piece of rancid shit.

Satan's picture

Reading this as a white person makes me want to beat you....

Civilizedworm's picture

Dude what planet are you even from? 

TruthHunter's picture

MillionDollarBonus_ "violent impulses of white males."


If you look at murder rates, there isn't one "white" country

in the top 20. 

Its all because of white oppression?  Without "white males" most of those countries

would be living in grass huts.


Thom_333's picture

And that´s exactly why the rest of the world live in fear of us because they now what we can do if we turn that side to work. And you can forget your reparations.

cheech_wizard's picture

ZeroHedge really does need an ignore user feature.

Roanman's picture

Whew!!!!! MDB, I was worried there for a moment that we had lost you. 

SickDollar's picture

The "Lucky sperm club" life style is over now, welcome to the real world Thomas Gilbert Jr.


JRobby's picture


Manhattan socialite Anna Rothschild, 49

Grinder74's picture

I'd tap the dark of course.

JRobby's picture

Good move. That surgical alteration stuff does not look too good "up close"

Manthong's picture

Princeton economist, malefactor, a piece of work..  just like Woodrow Wilson and Paul Krugman.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

MDB, did you suffer a stroke during your hiatus?  Your spelling and satirical abilities ain't what they used to be...

Freddie's picture

I don't think that is the real MDB.   This one is not as clever.

Atomizer's picture

He must of got hung up on his ZH distrss call.

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August's picture

MDB fils has taken over the franchise.

Long live MDB!

angel_of_joy's picture

... Like father, like son... or, as some Hindus would like to say, Karma is a bitch !

Antifaschistische's picture

we'll have to dig deep into some fringe blog site to discover what coctail of prescription psychiatric meds he was on

SmittyinLA's picture

so is this a long or short play for prescription psychiatric meds makers or best off just arbitrage the lawyer tribe with a long position in Porsche?

El Vaquero's picture

I don't even have to click on the link.  That song had to be drug induced. 

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Clearly a sad case of Affluenza. "Sorry sir for any inconvenience. Here is your inheritance. Have a super day!" "Thanks judge."

Breezy47's picture


Yes Son.

I want to.....aaaaaaaahhhhhh....


froze25's picture

Have no fear we will soon have another Yale Princeton Harvard Mafia member in the White House.

August's picture

By comparison, at least, Yale is not that bad. 

Bruce Wayne went to Yale, and he turned out OK, more or less.

ajax's picture



Finally people here are understanding what the word "entitlement" really means. Not a fucking thing to do with hard-earned paid-in pensions of people who work for a living instead of just ripping off the next guy/gal.

How's the family? "Families": Lou Reed (a man who worked/created his whole life instead of being a fucking 'poseur')


SheepRevolution's picture

Ivy League student = Psychopath = Sociopath = Insane = Murderer

There! Solved it!

847328_3527's picture

Just show the judge your Princeton Diploma and on a side bar 'splain to him your Ivy League shit doesn't stink, and you'll be out in a jiffy.


But then again, your average Thugs killer is usually out on bail in 5-7 years with the revolving merikan jail doors so if they treat you as well, you'll be out.

Henry Rearden's picture

Paul Krugman's required reading for economic's classes: 


John Maynard Keynes - The Economic Consequences of Peace

Fyodor Dostoevsky's - The Brothers Karamazov

caconhma's picture


Your post is too much for an average ZH reader/poster.

tarsubil's picture

This guy could play Vanya.

Jstanley011's picture

The Brothers Karamazov in a nutshell: "You can't handle the truth!"

Tall Tom's picture

No worries...He did what he had to do...because he is...Helpless.


What else could he have done?


This is what will happen to him...Afterwards you may want to listen to the entire song.


"Helpless" was written by Danny Elfman who has moved on from Oingo Boingo to write the soundtracks of many Screenplays and Popular Movies..

Countless long nights while I stare at the wall
I ask myself over again
How did I end up in this little hell?
How did it ever begin?

Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, helpless

Helpless to turn back the clock
That ticks on with its cruel shiny face
It laughs while it watches
My every disgrace

I was born a sap all the nurses laughed
When they saw me the first time
They giggled and they said
"This poor little monster'd be better off dead"

Oh oh oh, helpless

Helplessly trapped in a body
I'm sure should have never been mine
I bet that my real one is doing just fine

And I don't belong here, I don't belong here
I should be quite rich with a big shiny car
A house with twelve rooms, I deserve to go far

Oh oh oh, helpless

Helplessly falling in love
But does love really last through the night?
To love and to honor, to kick and to bite!

And I don't belong there, I don't belong here
It's all a mistake I was destined for greatness
A leader, a prophet, they're just too blind to notice

Where did this whole silly story begin?
It seems that my mind has gone blank
It seems that I messed up a chapter or two
Perhaps it is best if I'm frank!

Oh oh oh, oh oh oh helpless

Helplessly lost like that
Poor chap who came for an innocent dance
He left with his brain smeared all over his pants!

'Cause he didn't belong here, he didn't belong here
He never should've left that warm cage in the zoo
His face was so ugly, what else could I do?

Can you really blame me, I had to smash it
He left me no choice, he was just like the others
So I just had to kill him like my poor, dear, old mother

Oh oh oh, helpless

Helplessly fucked in the ass
By a legion of forty ex-cons
That's what it feels like
When you walk all over me

Don't belong here, I don't belong here
Your eyes burn right through me they fill me with fear
I could've been at home watching football, and drinking beer

I say, oh oh oh, helpless, so helpless


pelican's picture

$2400 for rent and $200 a month for other expenses?

What a POS, I hope they use his hole to play basket ball in prison.

Freddie's picture

Still pretty sad story.   Something very wrong in that family.