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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muleskinner's picture

The dumbass had a father that was a hedge fund manager and all the father had to do was give his son a job.  A simple solution, but that's too difficult to solve.

Billy Shears's picture

OK, I'll go with that but you also should consider the fact that his father would not hire him for various other reasons which at this time seem all to obvious. I mean, aside from being rich, handsome, athletic etc. he is also, obviously, a total fuck-up and loser.

insanelysane's picture

Agreed.  This kid was such a loser that the dad couldn't give him a do nothing job because he would have been detrimental to the other workers.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Blame CIA Drugs. I mean what to the cunts think happens when you run multiple drug operation out of military planes and saturate the country while allowing the Mexican Border to Stay wide open. Hell they should have legalized Pot 34 years ago just like Alcohol except it doesn't kill as many people.

- Prohibition of Russia in Crimea & Ukraine has the same effect, it is teaching Russians how to secure their own credit, their own credit cards, their own Swift system, their own IMF/WB, their own Currency... and filling Technological Gaps and Investment Gaps that the West Filled
- Prohibition of Marijuana has lead to super strains of Pot

Tommy bot should have gotten money the old fashioned way, Married into it.

But Tommy Boy probably became a coke head or opium abuser

cmb's picture

kid is so lazy he couldnt even use daddies money to buy a few apartment complexes and call himself a a fund manager!


If I had access to that kind of capital I would make sure that I took out 100 cashflowing mortgages, what do u know...all of a sudden I'm doing something with my life! hahah

Who was that masked man's picture

Welcome Mr. Gilbert to your new gated community where you'll have a private room and plenty of boyfriends.

GIABO's picture

A mentaly unstable Hedge Fund broker.... Say it aint so.

oudinot's picture

Its wasn't about the money or the allowance.

Read Herman Hesse's ,"The Glass Bead Game", or Freudian works analysing patricide.

It was all psychological.  All sons resent their fathers ; if a son is 'loony' this what transpires.

Equality 7-25-1's picture

If there were any basis to your idiotic premise, patricide would be commonplace.

F- Get a job

oudinot's picture

equality:  You just don't get it.  There is always resentment from the son to the father.  See Freud's, "Totem and Taboo", this tome describes this phenomenon perfectly.

This phenomenon is what commenced man's idea of 'God'-the killed father and the ensuing 'guilt'- begat the idea of 'God'.

Most of these feelings are manifested  non violently:  only when the son is 'looney' or out of sorts does actual fraticide occur as in this case.

And, its not my idea,nincompoop ,  it's Freuds' and it is not my fault you are not well read.


mc225's picture

methinks the word would be 'patricide'. 'fraticide' would be a cain-abel type thing.

oudinot's picture

Yeah, 'patricide,' is correct, my mistake.

Thanks for the correction.

_SILENCER's picture

Think that Rothschild broad was a Rothschild Rothschild, or just a coincidence?

RaceToTheBottom's picture

I think that she was from the cougar branch of the family.  The snake branch is bigger...

ThisIsBob's picture

Guns don't kill people, economists kill people.

surfvin's picture

Your not allowed to study economics at Princeton unless your mentally disturbed.

Grinder74's picture

And did you study spelling anywhere? Your =/= You're

thebigunit's picture

Was he mentally disturbed because he was mentally disturbed?

Or, was he mentally disturbed because he was a Princeton economics grad?

thebigunit's picture

No, I don't know it.  Nobody tells me anything.

22winmag's picture

Don't bite the hand that feeds you, until said hand stop feeding you... then kill him.

sandlapper's picture

"You can't make up such a thing as that.  I dare you to even try."

Dark Space's picture

"mamelukes being 13th-century Muslim slave soldiers" - is the same as calling Roman soldiers slave soldiers. Sure some soldiers were taken captive from other tribes, assimalated to fight for a new king, etc. but that's a pretty odd definition to assign to the Mameluks. It is even more odd they used the 13th-century qualifier because in the mid-13th century they ruled modern-day Libya in the West, down through Egypt, and up through modern-day Israel, Palestine, Syria, Persian, and Mesopotamia. Through the end of the 13th century the mongols had started chipping away at that empire, but I'm guessing the Sultan didn't call himself a "slave soldier" at any point during the 13th century.

dcohen's picture


I knew we were right when saying we are "exceptional"!

DeusHedge's picture

"Dad, I just don't know anymore..." "You're not good enough son, get in the cowhole!"

DeusHedge's picture

heterosexual masculine abuse is the most common form of mental rape for misfits.

Lostinfortwalton's picture

He was mentally OK enough to graduate from Princeton with a degree in economics but not OK enough to land a job? Doesn't compute in the least unless that university is just giving out diplomas to whoever they admited as freshmen four years earlier.

insanelysane's picture

Thinking they wanted the kid out and wanted to keep daddy's donations rolling in.  Here's a degree.

ThisIsBob's picture

... and continued to pay tuition and fees.

cynicalskeptic's picture

He apparently took some time to finish... I doubt hat the issues were financial.    Odds are that Princeton simply wanted him to 'finish' and 'made it happen'.   You wonder what else is in his record.

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

He could have got a job in NYC with a Princeton degree, but more than likely he would have been required to go into work oh so early in the morning like by 9:00 am on a monday, tuesday, thursday before the market opens.   When you party until 3 am most nights and wake up and go to lunch this could be problematic.  And inconvenient.  Might not be able to catch that gnarly goat wave when he needed to.  So he figured he would not waste everyone's time and embarrassment of getting fired for not showing up.  Better just to talk big, plan on opening your own hedge fund that never gets off the ground.....and then accidentaly lose your fucking mind and shoot your Dad in the face.

TeethVillage88s's picture

He should have tried working in Europe or Asia for a while.

That would have at least given him some insight into markets & Business. But yeah. WTF. Liberal New York would not hire him for anything even in the Biggest Financial Bubble from 1998 - 2008???

yellowsub's picture

Or daddy donated millions...


Atomizer's picture

Killing Joke - Prozac People


I'm rich bitch, another lost soul. Added liberal in a dirtnap, Thomas Gilbert Jr. Bye, bye.

Cthonic's picture

More like "Age of Greed"


You just treat me like a commodity
You didn't know I couldn't even afford to feed my family
I just want to kill
I just want to take a gun
And put it to your head
And pull the trigger

kw2012's picture

Basically the dude felt he was entitled to his father's wealth without having to demonstrate his worth or work for it.


This is very simple. All dad probably wanted him to do was get a job, ANY job and he would have bumped up his allowance, maybe bump it WAY up. But Dude thought his dad was so rich he shouldn't have to work that he was ENTITLED.


Wouldn't surprise me a bit if his father at one time tried to get him a job.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Legal Meds, Meds for Depression, Anti-Psychotics... and all the illegal street drugs... plus alcohol.

They say all this changes your brain in unpredictable ways. He probably was ruined by Modern American Pharma & CIA Drugs.

dinkum's picture
Medications - Mayo Clinic

"There are no medications specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat antisocial personality disorder. However, several types of psychiatric medications may HELP WITH certain conditions sometimes associated with antisocial personality disorder or with symptoms such as aggression. These medications may include antipsychotic, antidepressant or mood-stabilizing medications. They must be prescribed cautiously because some have the potential for misuse."

Gilbert Jr was reported to be in psychotherapy. Post on ZH two days ago diagnosed Gilbert's illness as "Antisocial Personality Disorder". Medications of 80% of mass murderers -- that are not sealed by court order due to BigPharma -- are psychtropics and anti-depressants with violent side effects -- suicide and murder. 

Ironically for the victim who earned a living working and investing in diagnostics, did not spend the money for a DNA test to be matched to personalized medications and physicians to monitor the side effects for his suspected arson and dog killing son with the personality of a turtle. 

No indication the victim was suicidal. Maybe just stupid for inciting/triggering his son by calling him stupid. Maybe neither could/can deal with guilt. 




GIABO's picture

If I had a son.....

rejected's picture

Can't think of a more apt discipline for a lazy playboy sucking off their parents than Economics.

Q-Q-Q's picture

Didn't Armstrong go to Princeton, are they all a little odd???

Atomizer's picture

Not to be mean, but how many botox injections has Anna Rothschild had? Waking up to that would be hell..

Heaving in a Michelle Obama school approved brown vomit bag. Bio-degradable of course, have to keep the kids barfing in their friends bags..  /LOL

SheepDog-One's picture

Says she's 49, looks 79 at least.

Atomizer's picture

Running in ranks of Nancy Pelosi or Cher thin skinned on a skull stretched and diced.