The once close-fitting and handsome Thomas & # 39; Tommy & # 39; Gilbert Jr. looked thin and pale and appeared in court today to receive charges for murder in the death of his father.
When the news broke that Gilbert was arrested for shooting down his rich hedge fund executive father Thomas Gilbert Sr. in 2105, it sent shock waves through parts of New York society.
It was astonishing and horrifying that this young man with his gilded life of piss privilege and promise should have taken a gun and hit a bullet in his own father's head.
There was only one person for whom it all had a chilling kind of feeling – his mother.
For Shelly Gilbert, 72, & # 39; it was clear that he had done it. & # 39; Her job was to tell Clare, now 29, about the death of 70-year-old Gilbert. Shelly said: & # 39; Dad is dead and Tommy shot him. & # 39;
Thomas & # 39; Tommy & # 39; Gilbert appeared in court on Tuesday to stand trial for the murder of his father Thomas Gilbert Sr. after threatening to reduce his $ 3,000 fee per month by only $ 200 and stopped paying the rent at his $ 2,400 -per-month Chelsea apartment
When Gilbert was arrested in 2015 (left), he was a punishing and handsome young man – a stark contrast to the petite and skinny man who appeared in court four years later (right)
A dated family photo shows that Thomas Gilbert Jr. seems to be happy with his parents Shelley and Thomas Sr. before he would have killed him in cold blood
The lawsuit against Gilbert Jr. will start later this week and when the time comes, Mrs. Gilbert will be in painful position to testify against her own son.
Thomas Gilbert Sr. was a wealthy hedge of the New York hedge fund who was shot in the head after a fight with his son
It has been four years since the day in January 2015 that 34-year-old Gilbert Jr. went to his apartment in Manhattan and asked his mother to buy him a sandwich while talking to his father.
She had not been away long when a single gun shot sounded. When Shelly returned, she had to find her husband dead. He was shot in the head and apparently had the .40 caliber Glock gun on his chest.
According to the police, it was a clumsy attempt by Gilbert Jr. to organize his father's suicide. It didn't convince anyone.
When Gilbert Jr. was arrested shortly afterwards in his apartment in Chelsea, the police found a supply of hollow point bullets, a laser gun, handcuffs, a skimming machine and 21 blank credit cards.
You can hardly imagine a more catastrophic decline of the man who once seemed to be Gilbert Jr.'s predecessor, for the man he is now suspected of becoming.
He is strikingly handsome; tall, with tousled blond hair and the fitness machine of the enthusiastic surfer he was.
His father was an investment banker, his mother a former debutante. They had Upper East Side apartments and swam in their home in the Hamptons.
He was educated at the most exclusive schools in Manhattan and went to study at Princeton.
But in the time since Gilbert Sr.'s death, another version of his son's life – a less golden one than this superficial précis – has emerged.
Gilbert Jr. looked down and made his first appearance in court since 2105 when he was arrested for murder
It seems that the Gilbert Jr. prison sentence did not serve well, his eyes turned shiny and blood shot, while his beard and hair looked unkempt.
The once privileged man was dressed in torn shoes and socks and appeared for the first time since he was imprisoned four years ago.
Shelley Gilbert (two weeks ago before leaving the court) is failing to testify against her son as & # 39; it was clear he had done it & # 39; but says he shouldn't be taken to jail sent because he is mentally ill
Police arrested the son of Thomas Gilbert Sr on a murder charge after saying he was going to his father's apartment in Manhattan, shot him in the head after a fight over money, and tried to make it look like a suicide
It is one of financial and social failures, of mental vulnerability and of an escalation of violence that derailed what was possible and left behind a large house that was razed to the ground, a man with a bullet in his head and his son languishing in a cell on Riker & # 39; s Island.
Despite his Princeton diploma and talks about business ventures, the truth is that Gilbert Jr. had spectacularly failed to launch.
Now Gilbert's fall from grace is expected to become a film with true crime with actor Jake Gyllenhaal who is regarded as a producer.
Gyllenhaal collaborates with Conde Nast Entertainment to produce the film entitled Gilded Rage, but it is not clear whether Gyllenhaal will shine in it, according to Collider.
Speaking with DailyMail.com shortly after the arrest of Gilbert Jr., ex-girlfriend, socialite Anna Rothschild, 51, who went out with him in 2014, told of a tense and broken relationship between Gilbert Jr. and his father.
The man she knew was a loner with few friends who blamed his father for not being good enough & # 39; was for the older man.
Gilbert Jr told friends that he started his own hedge fund, but according to Rothschild he was aimless and unemployed and showed little real interest in change.
He was busy & # 39; busy & # 39; with his father, she said, and admitted that a friend once warned her that Gilbert Jr. would cut her into small pieces & # 39 ;.
By the time Rothschild and Gilbert met Jr., he already had a history of violence bad enough to see him arrested more than once.
During his stay at Princeton, he was arrested for possession of cocaine and psychedelic mushrooms and charged with a third-degree assault when he ran into a nurse who treated him after being admitted to hospital.
He completed an intervention program for the trial, and the attack was completed the following year in 2008, completing his studies in Economics.
Five years later, the lessons learned seemed to have been properly thrown away when Gilbert Jr. attacked his friend and former roommate Peter Smith Jr. violently.
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is doomed to make a real crime movie entitled Gilded Rage about Thomas Gilbert Jr and the murder of his father
Manhattan socialist Anna Rothschild, 51, dated the accused murderer (pictured together) in 2014 and said he was a loner with few friends
The men met in the Hamptons in 2012 and Gilbert Jr. shared Smith Jr. & # 39; s apartment in Williamsburg, but Smith Jr. reportedly suffered more and more from Gilbert Jr.'s increasing aggression.
It seemed focused on two goals: his father and everyone who showed an interest in his ex-girlfriend, Lizzy Fraser.
Finally Smith Jr. asked his friend to leave. In October 2013, Gilbert Jr. retaliated by attacking him on the street. He repeatedly hit his head on the sidewalk and broke his nose.
Smith Jr. was banned. Gilbert Jr. violated that order less than a year later when he approached his former friend on a beach in the Hamptons with hardly disguised threats and threats.
Smith Jr. only mentioned the impact on the police later that month when on September 15, 2014, his family's Sag Harbor house was burned down.
Someone had already broken a window downstairs that morning. Ten minutes later, the house that was on the list of monuments was on fire.
The fire burned with such intensity that it required the joint efforts of the Fire Ministers of Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor, Southampton and East Hampton and 75 volunteers to clear it out.
By that time the destruction was so terrible that in the end the family had no choice but to demolish what was left of their previous home.
A court heard last week that Thomas Gilbert Jr. – a graduate in Princeton – was experimenting with illegal drugs, including LSD, mushrooms, cocaine and marijuana
A once brave Tommy, pictured in 2014 with Arielle Patrick on the Winter Ball of the School of American Ballet, began his fall out of favor when he started using drugs, according to court reports
Gilbert Jr fled from the scene after allegedly shooting his father and allegedly barricading himself after his murder in his apartment in Chelsea
Neither the Smith family nor the Gilberts – who were friends – commented on the outburst, but Gilbert Jr. quickly became a person of interest in what was clearly an arson act.
He was stopped driving in the Hamptons and accused of violating Smith Jr.'s protection order against him three days later.
Strangely enough, a neighbor told the police that on the day of the fire he saw a man standing among the tombstones of the nearby cemetery.
The police found benzode-colored rags on the floor where the man had stood who apparently had seen the house burn.
Four months later, Gilbert Jr. made that fateful visit to his parents' apartment. According to public prosecutors, the process of spiritual unraveling was accelerated by Gilbert Jr.'s fear that his father would cut him off financially.
He reportedly decided to stop paying the $ 2,400 rent at his son's apartment in Chelsea and to reduce his weekly payment from $ 600 to $ 400.
Thomas Gilbert Jr's mother said her son suffers from a mental illness, has delusions that claim he has been poisoned by radioactive fallout in prison and even eaten a battery. It is shown in 2015
The financial reports that were sent to the court show that Gilbert Sr. was not as financially equal as some people believed.
It was thought that he was worth $ 200 million at the time of his death. In fact, he had only $ 10,000 in shares and bonds, less than $ 20,000 in cash and pension funds and around $ 500,000 in & # 39; various assets & # 39 ;.
It is not clear whether Gilbert Jr. was aware of this when he started his conversation with the older man that day.
Friends have since told of a seemingly long history of mental health problems by Gilbert Jr. He was on some sort of medication during his days in Princeton.
He told his ex-Rothschild that he had been to Xanax over the years for anxiety, had undergone considerable psychotherapy, and some reports suggest that he had seen a psychiatrist as recent as the month before his father's shooting.
When he spoke to the New York Post earlier this week, his mother thought: & # 39; Tommy is much sicker than we ever knew. That wasn't Tommy. He was always a rational thinker.
& # 39; He is not a bad person. & # 39;
But he is nevertheless a person whose own mother believes he is guilty of murdering his father.
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