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

Tyler Durden's picture

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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Snoopy the Economist's picture

Jamie's security probably even frisk his family members before they get within 50 feet of the man - there's a reason why he's still breathing.

Tall Tom's picture

Hmmm...Any of those Security Guys have sons or daughters with Gambling or Drug Problems?


If the Security Guys are loyal then, perhaps if the target is their kids, the security guys can be persuaded to turn...


Just reporting it...Not necessarily supporting it. But not necessarily rejecting it either.

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

dimon would never do anything to his daughter to make her feel unentitled, he won't be greedy with the sheeps money to his own family, so much of it to go around and all, and it just keeps coming and coming and coming

FuzzyDunlop21's picture

I mean I know Owen Wilson movies suck but was he really so short on cash he had to kill somebody?

Roger Shermanator's picture

Gilbert Jr: go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200.

SofaPapa's picture

Then, in true Monopoly fashion, he has rolled his three doubles in a row (power, privelege, wealth), and he will be back on the board in no time!

SAT 800's picture

I always liked hung by the neck until dead, personally. It saves everybody a lot of time and money; and you can tell me it doesn't have any deterrent effect; but I'm not listening.

Hoi_Polloi's picture

Imagine how much more damage he could have done if he'd actually worked as an economist.

Matt's picture

Maybe he was just trying to stimulate the economy, create some jobs by burning down some houses, consume some goods with counterfeit money, unlock some of the wealth his father was hording and get it circulating in the economy. The greater good for the greater number of people!

Glass Seagull's picture



Rational-minded American consumer zombie. 

"Dad, how the fuck am I supposed to buy my bath salts and slap bracelets?!?!"


Martian Moon's picture

And the nomination for poster child for Millenial of the Year Award goes to ...


knukles's picture

Says it all, well, a bit redacted....

Gilbert Jr. attended Princeton, graduating in 2009 with a degree in economics, having studied under the Nobel Prize Winning Economist Paul Krugman, who described "Jr." as "The smartest guy in the room, particularly suited to doing God's works.", never worked a day in his spoiled rotten self-centered Progressive life.  Upon his attest, Jr. was overheard saying to the booking officer and attending homicide detective, "Fuck's the matter?  Every day is Sunday for me so I shouldn't have to work, assholes."

youngman's picture

30 year old still living off his parents says it all.....and no job....

chubbar's picture

I know a few people who qualified to go to top end schools. None of them were slackers and all of them worked their asses off to qualify to be accepted. None of them would have been satisfied to sit around doing nothing and living off of dad. This asshat obviously doesn't fit that description so his father must have bought his way into Princeton, which tells me all I have to know about the fuckers running that joint. This pampered, soon to be professional cocksucker and dick warmer, will wish he inherited some motivation along with that money.

Atomizer's picture

He has a XBox to jack off in front of camera while playing Barbie Horse Adventures: Wild Horse Rescue Beastiality sex version.


nibsy's picture

I agree with you about kids working their ass off to get into schools. I know some as well.

The father was a Princeton grad so the son had an inside track as a legacy applicant. The father was also most likely was a donor to the University. In that sense, you're correct, the father bought his son's way in via donations.

Jstanley011's picture

I'm thinking that the causes for patricide probably go a little deeper than its perp being pampered and lazy. Unless Sonny Boy is a paranoid schizophrenic who is hallucinating and doesn't know right from wrong, I'd guess that Daddy Dear has inflicted some kind of chronic heavy-duty abuse on the poor fucker going way back.

The fact that he paid his way through Princeton means nothing. Money in general means nothing. The rage was against the abuse.

I'm not making an excuse for the fucker, BTW. A lot of people suffer badly at the hands of their fathers and/or mothers and manage to get over it and do just fine. But this kind of rage goes far deeper than the mere lack of motivation of a rich brat.

August's picture

>>> The rage was against the abuse.

I know nothing of the facts in this case.  As an anecdote though, I have known - well - the son of a NYC CEO and pal of David Rockefeller.  There was MAJOR league father-son abuse in the family, and I don't mean sexual... just physical abuse of a small child, and the dis-inheriting of a college student making the "wrong" career choice.  Ugly stuff, within a "priveledged" family, living in a "priviledged" NYC neighborhood;  I suspect this sort of stuff is reasonably common:  after all, even a "good" family life can be difficult at times, and with these people the Big Bucks are always looming in the background. 

reader2010's picture

What about the entire leisure class? 

JRobby's picture

entire leisure class


asscannon101's picture

He looks like he'd be a fucking riot at parties, ceteris paribus...

redman38's picture

dont drop the soap

pods's picture

Yeah I imagine his ass is gonna see more action than a toilet seat.

"You are gonna feel a little pressure, just try to relax."


847328_3527's picture

I bet he's praying his cell mate, Rufus, is a 'gentle giant' ... very very gentle.

Tall Tom's picture

Now Rufus is enterin' to that biddin' war along with Levon and Bubba for dat new fish? Lily White and Tight Princeton Ass will be sold for lots mo' that its worth.


Rufus, Levon and Bubba nevuh figgert out dat dey can share.

Aaron Hillel's picture

Do you really think he will do hard time?

Most probably his lawyers will produce about seventy different and conflicting prescriptions, clearly showing the poor thing isnt responsible for anything.

Generally,only peasants do time.

northern vigor's picture

His old man isn't going to get him off.

onewayticket2's picture

liberalism's great....right up until the money runs out.

froze25's picture

Liberals are not reproducing, so in 2 or 3 more generations they will not exist.  Maybe its the women trying to be men and being unhappy or the men never actually growing up and being boys in mens bodies.  Who knows but the simple fact is they are not reproducing so time is on our side.

Tsunami Wave's picture

Even if they were literally dying out -- Hollywood, public schools & universities, and 95% of the media will be right there to brainwash the incoming children to believe in fake, unimportant stuff like the new feminism, transgender rights, 'white privilage', christianity is evil, and all of the other "causes".  As a millenial myself whom has seen a lot of people come from conservative familes, most people my age ignore this belief system and go into this sad form of liberalism.  Very sad to see.. a lot of these people come from families whose parents worked hard and sacrificed to get where they are.

Tall Tom's picture

Liberals are not reproducing?




That is why the ranks of AFDC receipients is growing.


Those Liberals practice abstinence. Those Liberals don't fuck those Girls, knock them up, and then leave them. No. That is not happening.


Only conservatives whom have family values are irresponsibly breeding like rabbits.


Yeah. You are right. I must agree.

Jstanley011's picture

The liberal-versus-conservative axis is a politico-media shell game only bought into by dupes, stoops, and jackasses.

Plainly, the statist elites want the underclass to breed at the expense of the middle class. In order to restore the social order that has predominated throughout human history, and that dominates most of the world's populations today. That is, a tiny elite ruling a mass of easily-tractable peons, debt slaves, and low brow criminals.

Good enough for Kenya, good enough for the United States.

Tall Tom's picture

You must be kidding. You mean to tell me...that...that there is absolutely no difference between the Political Parties?


I...I...I am just so shocked.


I'd have never known that except for your sage counsel and wisdom.


Now reread the original post to which I responded and understand that I employed the same sort of literary device which I have used upon you,

ebworthen's picture

Slay Muppets or kill your Father.

I'm surprised he didn't run for CONgress.

Seasmoke's picture

Krugman sees this as bullish.

Bell's 2 hearted's picture

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





yeah, so? ... why should he "work"?


no doubt one of his professors preached "take on more debt to fund your lifestyle"


combatsnoopy's picture

Did this guy have his own investments? 

If not, that's really fucking weird.  

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Speaks volumes about the school that spawns Nobel prize winners in that particular specialty?...

Come to think of it...

Can we get this kid to pay a visit to the Alumni that hails from that school that just happens to be a Nobel prize recipient!  Whether it's Gilbert's kid or someone else, I see a nail gun in his future!

PrayingMantis's picture

 ... someone once said, all people are your relatives; therefore expect only trouble from them ...

... this might be Einstein's theory of relativity ... :)

combatsnoopy's picture

Daddy's death would actually count as a stat on the government's records because they're white nepotists. 

The rest of everyone who was murdered in the US can go fuck themselves because the cops need to drop the numbers on papar and release violent criminals. 
(not suggesting violence is okay- our prisons need to grow.  Sorry!) 

stant's picture

When they start shooting each other it conferms we are in a deflationary event. This does not bode well for the nail gun ,hotub and open window guys and their familys

Bell's 2 hearted's picture



stiglitz needs to count his blessings not being made to that panel

williambanzai7's picture

Broken Millenial theory...Krug Man!

El Vaquero's picture

Excellent, we now have a broken Legion of Doom, BITCHEZ!

MsCreant's picture

Broken children. How profoundly sad. 

SofaPapa's picture

If we step back and survey modern society, globally in fact, your comment could be the epithet for the planet today.  The current sociological framework is destroying us as a species.  There are exceptions, but the trend is unmistakable.  How profoundly sad indeed.

general ambivalent's picture

Broken children without a tree?

A lot of kids today are brought up in institutions, or, for the wealthier, by whatever friends they can find (other brats, tv, social media iFriends). All because women decided work makes free (and men before them). The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but sometimes it is eaten and shat out far away by a squirrel (government or some other ideological institution).

We are watching Johnny Appleseed, social darwinist version. Raised by sheep in wolves' clothing, and now given SSRIs...

q99x2's picture

Looks like he did the right thing for some reason other than $200. Could have been a moral issue.

czarangelus's picture

Wow, how bad must this human turd have been at everything to not even get a job in the mailroom from Daddy?