Thomas Gilbert Jr.

Man Kills Father over $100 (or $200) Reduction in His Weekly Allowance

Detectives believe the elder Gilbert was killed by his son, who then left the murder weapon — a .40 caliber Glock 22 — in the bedroom to make it look like a suicide.

“The gun was resting on his chest with his left hand covering it,” NYPD Chief of Investigations Robert Boyce said at a press conference. He described it as a “staged crime scene.”

Police said the son entered his parents’ Beekman Place home Sunday afternoon and asked his mother to get him a sandwich.

Boyce said that the mother “had a bad feeling” after leaving the two men alone together and decided to return to the apartment, but when she came back she found her husband shot in the head in his bedroom.

Investigators told ABC News that the father recently discussed no longer paying his son’s rent. They also say he discussed reducing his weekly allowance from $400 per week to $300.

Tommy Gilbert, Son of Slain Hedge Fund Founder, Appears in Court. ABC News, 1/6/2015.

Law enforcement sources told the newspaper that money was a continuing source of tension between the Ivy League-educated son and his Wall Street mogul father:

“[Gilbert Sr.] had been giving him $2,400 a month for rent and $600 for spending money, and he was cutting [the spending money] to $400… They had argued about it before.”

Ex Says Accused Murderer Thomas Gilbert Jr. Feuded With ‘Hypercritical’ Father Over Money. HuffPo Crime, 1/6/2015.

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