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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lotsoffun's picture

you and i would want a trial and jury and due process.  that being any of you reading this.

the same bunch of us that whine about nsa spying and cia power and federal reserve jump right to conclusions.

yes - logic would say the boy did it.  that IS THE FACTS AS PRESENTED.

how about this?  how about somebody ELSE that did not like him did it right between son and daughter.

is that possible?


guys - stop.  give to others what you would want given to you.


L_Conquistador's picture

Maybe the Keynesians have given up on breaking windows to stimulate the economy, and have moved on to breaking hedge fund founders.

dojufitz's picture

Schizoid problems?

pippi68's picture

Bad case of affluenza. Hopefully the justice system doesn't just let him get away with it, but we kinda know they will.

dot_bust's picture

The rich have the biggest entitlement mentality of them all. They think coming from wealth and privelage entitles them to the best of everything: the best cars, the best houses, the best jobs.


Catalonia's picture

So he dumped that Rothschild and now his father is dead and he's going to prison.

Coincidence? I don't think so

scallywagy's picture

Cause a faux socialite can't figure out how her former boytoy descended into unmanageable chaos esp since he was too good looking, connected, rich but sadly even a little too weird for the socialite circuit....

ghostofgo's picture

Tyler loves page views, but is skipping the Duke/Dershwitz story. Hmm...

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

At least Dersh did it with a a teen age FEMALE sex slave.

Hundreds of Rabbis are being charged with making 12 year old boys sit on their laps and play 'bury the bone.'

Duc888's picture



Seems catholics are really big on that too. 

The_Peeper's picture

Tommy Gilbert Jr's ex-girlfriend, Anna Rothschild, revealed details of alleged killer's troubled life on the day he was charged with the murder of his 70-year-old multimillionaire father.

'He's very much a loner. His phone never rang. No one texted him or called him. The one time it rang in four months while we were together it was his mother,' the 49-year-old told the Post on Monday.

The Manhattan socialite dated Gilbert Jr, who is 19 years her junior, for four months in early 2014 and last saw him at Christmas.

It's not the first time Ms Rothschild's colorful love life has drawn her into the public eye.

In October 2003, the former London-based interior designer claimed she was dating actor Alec Baldwin, WENN reported, but he laughed off rumors saying at the time that he was enamored with a 25-year-old trainee lawyer.

Several years before, Ms Rothschild, who gave her age as 31 but would have been 35, spoke of her love for large diamond rings to The New York Times as she divorced her second husband.  

She told The Times that her first, stockbroker husband had given her a five-carat diamond ring from Harry Winston while the second, an English businessman, had trumped up a six-carat piece.'Personally, I would have preferred ten carats,' she said.

She's been married at least twice and her registered address is a small rental on the Upper East Side.  

The 49-year-old is the founder of A. Rothschild & Co. PR company. On the firm's Facebook page, she describes herself as 'an MBA Columbia University graduate and one of the most sought after socialites on the Upper East Side, Ms. Rothschild owns one of the most reputable and successful Public Relations and Marketing firms in New York City'.

The website for the venture appeared to be now defunct. The last event posted to the firm's social media pages was on July 30.

According to court records, Ms Rothschild filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and 2013. 

In 2012, Ms Rothschild was praising the benefits of taking a car service to Greenwich, Connecticut because of the hot dating scene in the suburbanite clubs.

She told The Post at the time: 'There’s so many guys! I don’t know which way to look.'

In winter 2012, she was rumored to be dating Prince Lorenzo Borghese, made famous by season nine of reality show The Bachelor.

The Italian royal, who actually hails from New Jersey and runs a pet-care company, threw a lavish New Year's Eve party with the socialite at a Park Avenue penthouse. 

khakuda's picture

When I was 30 the last thing in the world I would've wanted to do would be to have dated 49-year-old.

Hell, I'm almost 49 now and I still won't do it.

Peter Pan's picture

Time for a joke:

Mid thirties young man is in a bar and spots a very stunning almost 50 year old at the other end of the bar.

As he is ogling her she notices him and goes over to him.

Woman: I noticed you looking at me

Man: I admit I was.

Woman: Do you find me attractive?

Man: More than you can imagine.

Woman: Would you like to make love to me?

Man: Without question

Woman: Have you ever made love to mother and daughter at the same time?

Man: No I haven't but would love to.

Woman: OK then let's go to my place


So they hop in a taxi and get to the woman's place. She unlocks the front door and they both go in.

She goes over to the balustrade of the staircase and calls out:

"Mum, come on down, we've got a paying customer."

Forked Tongue Fella's picture

The point that is missed in this story is he is another product of pscych meds.....these scramble ones brains and creates and ultimate state of dependency.

But as 'meds' are considered 'common place' in Murica no one bats an eyelid.

Sick people are usually medicated. A society that takes being medicated as common practice is sick.

This whole scenario makes me sick.....

hot sauce technician's picture

We Princeton'd some folks.

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

There is a Ben Bernanke angle here or I'm not bid the soldier.

Did Bernanke tell a few of his favorite students to look for the Dow at 6600 and then jump in with both feet?  200% long. 

The old man only gave him 10k.  The Dow went to 18000.  Tommy could have been worth medium 8 figures.

I'd be pissed too.

Peter Pan's picture

It's easy to make derogatory remarks but the reality is that there is a society full of problem kids at all points of the spectrum regardless of wealth etc.

Being a parent is not easy. Sometimes we succeed and sometimes we fail. But we always need to pray and lead by example.

grunk's picture

A couple of years in the joint, then over to CNBC as a "Princeton economist."

sidiji's picture

That'll teach dad to be a cheap ass...$400 per month? lol

Shirley Swanepoel's picture

Kill for pocket money?

Magooo's picture

'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"


Of course, he was fucking that old Rothschild hag.  $600 bucks doesn't get you to far on the socialite party circuit.   Gotta make ends meet!



RhoneGSM's picture

Seriously? Some poor insane SOB kills his own father and two days later it's still story number two. I guess the Tylers have gone msm on us. Rupert Murdoch footin' the bills now?

Ginsengbull's picture

Dad obviously didn't kick his sons ass enough when he misbehaved.

macambaman's picture

This guy qualifies as the next Fed chairman.

Bernankenstein's picture


"Mentally-Disturbed Princeton Economics Grad"


Slow Burning Rage's picture

Impossible.  This is a false flag designed to smear the reputation of Princeton economists.  After all, it is illegal for someone with a restraining order and mental health issues to possess a handgun in NYC.  Gun laws work, right?  Otherwise, they wouldn't want to pass more of them.

d edwards's picture

Didn't Krugman go to Princeton? He's nuts, too.