Thomas “Tommy” Gilbert Jr. has officially been charged with the gruesome murder of his hedge funder father.
Yesterday, we reported initial details of the incident, which placed the younger Gilbert at the scene of the crime and indicated he may’ve killed out of spite, seeing that his dad had recently cut back the 30-year-old’s allowance $100 a week.
On Sunday afternoon, Thomas Gilbert Sr.’s wife discovered his body dead of a gunshot wound to the head.
Tommy was said to be the last person who saw the elder Gilbert alive and is suspected of trying to make the scene look like a suicide.
On Monday, Tommy was officially charged with murder and weapons possession in connection with the millionaire’s death.
According to Robert Boyce, NYPD Chief of Detectives, Tommy was living off a stipend from his family and was apparently in debt.
Police recovered a skimming device and 21 blank credit cards, indicating forgery, from Tommy’s Chelsea apartment.
Ex-girlfriend Anna Rothschild, a Manhattan socialite, described the good-looking younger Gilbert as a “loner” who harbored a lot of animosity towards his “hypercritical” father. She said people barely called or texted him and, in fact, Tommy spent most of his time away from NYC in the Hamptons.
In the past 12 months, Tommy’s already odd behavior had become even more suspect after being accused of setting a man’s house on fire in Sagaponack last April.
Facing suspicion of arson and rumors that he had killed the homeowner’s dog, too, Peter Smith—whose 17th-century residence had been burned to the ground—had filed an order of protection against Tommy, who violated it in September and was then arrested for criminal contempt in the second degree.
Tommy is currently being held without bail.
Photo: Southampton Town Police