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Monday, January 5, 2015

"Son allegedly killed hedge funder dad after $200 allowance cut"

The NY Post just ran this article about 30-year old Thomas Gilbert Jr, who was evidently having his $3000 a month allowance cut to $2800.

Here is the Post's description of Junior:

The handsome Gilbert Jr. — a graduate of the Buckley School on the Upper East Side, Deerfield Academy in western Massachusetts and Princeton — was a fixture on Manhattan’s black-tie society circuit and was often photographed with a beautiful woman on his arm.

(What is the point of a Princeton degree if at age 30 you still need an allowance from Daddy?)

This guy's gonna do real well in the sort of maximum security pen they send murderers to. 

Especially when the other inmates find out what he's in for. 


Anonymous said...

Hey John,

The son may even have been the one who was a victim, who finally lost it.

For some reason I get this feeling with this story. If he was the victim he will struggle in jail for sure.

To shoot someone in the head there must be a lot of anger so I would not be so quick come to the conclusion it's over the allowance. As he was still relying on the allowance I suspect some covert, controlling abuse.


John Craig said...

Andrew --
That's a plausible theory. But I've seen pictures of both the father and son, and I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, etc, but the father had an open, friendly face, and the son has a pinched, spoiled, entitled look. At least to me. Plus, how controlling and abusive could the father have been if he was still giving his son an allowance when the son was 30, and the son was "a fixture on Manhattan's black-tie society circuit and was often photographed with a beautiful woman on his arm"?

Sounds to me more as if MORE control and abuse were called for.

Anonymous said...

true, good points.


Jackie M said...

I don't understand how he could have possibly rationalized his obviously premeditated actions. What kind of thought processes could have prompted him to think killing his dad would solve his problems. Very strange.

John Craig said...

Jackie --
Actually, you bring up a good point: his lawyer will probably try to mount an insanity defense.

What he was was insanely spoiled, but nonetheless...

Steven said...

I assume you think th kid is a sociopath (?) but what does that say about his parents?

Perhaps has dad was just working a lot while he was a baby

John Craig said...

Steven --
This article appeared in the Post today:

It details how the son is a prime suspect in the arson of someone's house in the Hamptons. Until I read that, I had no strong opinion about his sociopathy (there are other disorders that can result in a killing). But now I think he likely is. It also said that his father ran a hedge fun with a total of $10 million in assets, which means he wasn't rich, and had to watch his spending.

I HAD wondered about his mother before though. The father is sort of expected to be working, not that that would prevent a close bond with the son.

Steven said...

So does this cast any doubt on your impression of the father if he may have failed to have a bond with his son as a baby? And aren't there sociopathic politicians who look open and friendly?

John Craig said...

Steven --
All true. Yes, there are many sociopathic politicians who seem warm and friendly, a classic example would be Bill Clinton.

I never felt certain about any of the personalities involved in this case, I didn't frame it as a sociopath alert or anything like that, and didn't use that word in this post; I simply don't know enough about the cast of characters here. I was originally only making the point that this guy is going to have a hard time in prison.

Steven said...

I have been a bit scared of American prisons since I saw part 1 of this:

The culture of the 24 man cells is extremely barbaric; the strong victimize the weak, bullying and violence are normal. Its a scary place devoid of compassion and humanity.

Louis goes into the cells and gets unfettered access to the inmates. Its on youtube.

John Craig said...

Steven --
I've seen a lot of these prison shows. Definitely scary places. Full of sociopaths.

I'd be afraid if I had to go to a minimum security facility, a so-called Club Fed.