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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Berspankme's picture

as long as she sucks a  mean cock and takes it up the ass Tommy boy was happy

smash_landing's picture


"...his Millennial, hence unemployed, 30-year-old son..."


As a gainfully employed Millennial with an economics degree... I have no problem with this statement.

rsnoble's picture

I always like to look at all sides when someone gets killed.  Of course that's with the opinion that some people really do need to die.

Ok first off........lot's of people in the US don't have a work history.  Or a crappy one.  And if your dad was rich and giving you money and promises why bother?

Secondly.....maybe his dad was a fucking royal dick.

I don't know the guy.......but if I had a dad that dangled carrots over my head for long enough time and kept them just out of reach to keep me under his thumb it's possible I might crack after awhile.

I'm not saying killing him was right, but I understand. LOL.

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

on the other hand

to keep me under his thumb it's possible I might crack after awhile.

Maybe his dad kept him under his thumb because he had been vaping crack for a too long a while? Look at his eyes in the photos.  d.r.u.g.s. Wait a minute.  There are no drugs in the Hamptons.
rsnoble's picture

The evidence doesn't look to favor the kid I admit lol.  But it would be cool to have a real close-up view of the relationship and find out exactly what kind of father that guy was. 

I've had first hand experience of a dad with money.  Nicest guy in the world outside, a fucking monster to the family.  When I was a kid he was drunk 24/7 and did nothing but yell and scream at the entire family every night about how he was sick of us being around and when he wasn't home he was out fucking around on my mother in every corner of the country making deals all over the place etc etc etc.

It wasn't a great lifestyle.

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

You'll be all right if you keep away from crack cocaine.


I wonder,  do you think  Tommy studied with Ben Bernanke?  That could have had something to do with it.

FredFlintstone's picture

I am thinking this guy might have been a ZH'r. Did he use a nail gun?

FredFlintstone's picture

My mistake. I thought most here wanted to kill bankers.

Perfecthedge's picture

My only worry is this 49 year old Rothschild Princess that is running around without a suitable boyfriend.  Where can I get her phone number? I am currently unemployed, mentally sane (yet) and will lick pussy for food.  Anybody?


This kid did the right thing: cutting back your income by fucking 33% is not acceptable.  Shooting somebody being the only correct answer.  Now, we should ask the Greeks, Spaniards, Irish and Portuguese how that Troika deal is doing.  This kid could become their hero...

TeethVillage88s's picture

Did you see the Blog Twitter for Jamie Dummon's Daughter? It was posted here a month or two back. Close Enough for Government Work.

Monty Burns's picture

That's economists for ya!  Non-stop trouble and shoot you for $200.

TeethVillage88s's picture

You gotta be Sh*tin' me!!

Duc888's picture



Not meant to threadjack, but just some funny shit here.

"Syria: Isis chief executioner found beheaded with cigarette in his mouth"

....dunno, maybe RJ Reynolds is trying to send a message since apparently ISIS is against cigarette smoking.

"The severed head also had a cigarette in its mouth. It is unclear who carried out the decapitation but the message was obvious.Islamic State's (formerly known as Isis) ban on cigarettes is one of its signature polices. It has imposed a strict set of Sharia laws barring the use of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes



...ok, back to the original subject matter.  this spoiled little brat really didn't like deflation, hugh?





DeusHedge's picture

It's more of a train wreck than a car accident. Too grotesque for Zombie.

Quinvarius's picture

Fathers with that much money who don't invest in their own family are pieces of shit.  What he should have done was hand his kid 100k and partner with him to start his own hedgefund.  It isn't a lot of money and the kid could get some experience.  This reminds of that POS Warren Buffet hiding 30 billion in a charity fund to avoid taxes while dis-owning his grand daughter.  These people were given a start once too.  If you can't pass that opportunity on to your family when you are so able, you might as well suck a bag of dicks one in my book.

DeusHedge's picture

I will post with you on this. Come to think of it, Jon, Russia would be a much better platform for sovereignty than the United States. Funny, how wealth plays a much bigger part than nurture. jklo

paint it red call it hell's picture

Just think of how devistated all those nice friends of his must be over not hanging out with him after the satanic rituals anymore.....

Lostinfortwalton's picture

Can you imagine was a spectacle the funeral will be?

steveo77's picture

OT but  Fun stuff or Serious Stuff?

From NASA's site--

    A NEO hitting Earth would need to be about 100 feet (30 meters) or larger to cause significant devastation in populated areas. Almost 30 percent of the 460-foot-sized NEOs have been found, but less than 1 percent of the 100-foot-sized NEOs have been detected.

Let that sink in....a 100 foot asteroid could devastate populated areas, but we have only found 1%

Nukepro developed a free downloadable app for asteroid energy calculation, its actually a fully function Excel spreadsheet.

Have a look, there is an Asteroid going to buzz earth Jan 26, details are here, it carries the energy of 6828 large nuclear bombs

DeusHedge's picture

LOL Steve. The Zero Hedge off the internet. ZH would try to track it.

SheepDog-One's picture

Isn't this Derek Zoolanders buddy Hans? Things must be getting tough in the male supermodel gig.

Hamm Jamm's picture

 he's a backstabbing bitch ....   maybe he can take Boehners position  !    same morals

TeethVillage88s's picture

He just had to prove him self to the Rothschild Family.

You gotta be ready to rip the fu*king hearts out of the Clients. You can't give an inch.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Did anyone notice the guy in the pic with Plaid pants and Italian Slippers???


Berspankme's picture

I took him for Lloyd Blankfein's son

Freddie's picture

Non-goys trying to dress and act like WASPs.

Panic Mode's picture

Loser & parasite.

homiegot's picture

All that promise, that genius wasted...

Jstanley011's picture

Big House Lesson One, Day One:

It's a trap...

loregnum's picture

It is annoying when people just whip out the term 'psychopath' whenever someone kills another person. Psychopathy isn't defined as murdering someone and most people who kill others or are violent aren't psychopaths. Seems clear to me most people really have no idea what the term psychopath means ans figure psychopath means "crazy guy who goes and kills people".

If the guy was mentally ill and taking meds then it is highly doubtful he was a psychopath but hey, why let the actual definitions of things get in the way of whipping out a flashy term?


Jstanley011's picture

Clearly, you are a psychopath.

phantom blot's picture

hey with a decent lawyer how many years would he expect to be inside ? Do a bit of yoga, learn a few tricks, suck some dick and he'll probably be out in 5? Dont think Daddy had a chance to change the will so not a bad way of upping the weekly stipend - start a hedge fund on release - easy street !

thegr8whorebabylon's picture

Weird symmetry to "The Wolf of Wall Street", (free on youtube!).

The second half is worth the wait.

This guy has 'severe OCD", something you want in a doctor or a bean-counter, not so much in a relative.

I used to have a silver-spoon roomy with this sickness.  Much booze, many pills and a fair bit of self-inflicted violence ensued.  roomy could not please mama, mama was a former celebrity ice queen, a born castrater. 

Funny about the counterfeiting/credit card thing, you know,  'if it's ok for tptb, it's ok for me, because I AM.'  roomy o mine also had this worthless/entitled inner life that could not be reconciled.

Another thing, in Jungian dream-theory, if you dream of 'killing the monster/parent/partner', it is a signal of health, you are exorcizing the demons of power from your life story, but it is meant to be symbolic, not guidance.

Jstanley011's picture

If I were his lawyer I'd go for 3-5 in prison and probation for 10 for voluntary manslaughter. If the DA won't go for that, take it to a jury and plea temporary insanity due to the psychotropics. He'll be out of the mental ward in a year. Play up the Wall Street angle in the right way and the jury might just nullify the killing, as a community service, and let him walk.

Grumbleduke's picture

Doug Stanhope - Take jury duty (this is how you beat the cops aka system):

IndianaJohn's picture

He got the cocaine eyes too.

mendolover's picture

Anna Rothschild.  Woof.

Atomizer's picture

If Thomas Gilbert Jr had been common core schooling taught, we could have breeded into a new serial killer. The day will come in the future. The creation of kids who can't be beat to a pulp or disciplined will spawn more crime.

Roger Shermanator's picture

While they're at it, arrest that guy wearing those god awful plaid pants too

Tim Knight from Slope of Hope's picture

Here's another photo of Ms. Rothschild in action:


As to what kind of human that is on the right.................ya got me.

hoist the bs flag's picture

"mentally disturbed economist"...isn't that an oxymoron?

robertocarlos's picture

Shouldn't it just say he is a Princton economist?

Jstanley011's picture

I see what you did there...

dooby dooby doo's picture

yep..Money makes you happy!

Fuku Ben's picture

When you say "Murderous Son, Who Killed His Hedge Fund Father Over $200 Allowance, Was A Mentally-Disturbed Princeton Economist Grad" don't you mean allegedly?

Or has he confessed or are Americans now guilty until proven innocent in a court of law like the Limeys

insanelysane's picture

Mom and dad in apartment.  Son shows up.  Son asks mom to go shopping for him.  Mom leaves.  Mom comes back with stuff for son.  Son is not there to get stuff mom bought for him.  Dad is dead.  Gun in left hand, backwards, Vince Foster style.  Definitely suicided himself and son was so distraught he left before mom came back with munchies.

Fuku Ben's picture

Without any witnesses or a confession that certainly could be one of any number of possibilities. It seems to be the Americans that are the fastest to rush to judgement. The MSM and their criminal overseers have brainwashed them but good

They've been transformed nicely over the years. Molded like a Golem from clay

They are the proverbial Mikey from that old cereal commercial I recall seeing on YT. Mikey he hates everything let get him to try it. What?! He likes it! - As Mikey dutifully obeys the marketing propaganda lie and shovels processed prepackaged poison into himself

Maybe they're afraid the Chinese will outdo them on everything. So they're out to prove they can still be #1 at something even if it is stupidity