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Trust Fund Brat May Have Killed Father Because He Cut His Allowance By $200

January 7, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A 30-year-old man accused of killing his millionaire Manhattan father is a suspected arsonist and spoiled brat who may have murdered Daddy because the old man cut his allowance by a measly $200, sources said Monday.

Thomas Gilbert Jr. has a shady past, which includes being a prime suspect in a Hamptons arson targeting a wealthy rival, just before he allegedly killed his well respected Wall Street father, Thomas Gilbert Sr., 70, sources told The Post.

The spoiled Princeton grad went on his alleged murderous rampage after he and his father had a falling out over what he still thought was his rightful due — despite his parents giving him the best education money could buy and even subsidizing his surfer-dude, gym-rat lifestyle when he got older, sources said.

The doting mom offered to make Gilbert Jr. something to eat, but he brusquely told her, “I want to talk to Dad,” and asked her to go buy him a sandwich and soda instead, sources said.
But it was a ruse, they added. “He asked her to get him a sandwich so she wouldn’t be there,” a source said. When the mom returned, she found her husband’s body in their bedroom — shot once in the head — and their son gone, police said.“My husband’s been shot by my son!” sources said the distraught woman told a 911 operator.

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Cops believe Gilbert Jr. tried to make the murder look like a suicide, placing his 40-caliber Glock semiautomatic on his father’s chest, with the victim’s left hand covering it, before fleeing, sources said.

Cops found the gun’s case — along with two clips and numerous loose rounds — in Gilbert Jr.’s apartment at 350 W. 18th St. after busting him there at about 11 p.m. Sunday, sources said.

Police were trying to determine if he bought the weapon legally.
After the killing, Gilbert watched TV in his pad, law-enforcement sources said.

The son may have been planning a getaway. An open suitcase filled with clothes was laying on the hallway floor of his first-floor apartment. It could be seen through the home’s peephole Monday.

At his arraignment Monday night — at which he was ordered held without bail on charges of second-degree murder and weapons possession — prosecutors said Gilbert was found with a skimming device and 21 blank credit cards.

Gilbert Sr. ran a hedge fund with about $10 million in assets and owned a multimillion-dollar home in the Georgica Association, a gated community in East Hampton, records show.

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