Man Allegedly Killed Dad Who Cut Weekly Allowance to $300

Lawyers for Thomas Gilbert Jr. say he's mentally ill
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2019 10:30 AM CDT
Updated Jun 23, 2019 10:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – Thomas Gilbert Jr. has lived a privileged life. The son of a millionaire hedge-fund founder, he grew up among the rich and well-connected in Manhattan before graduating from Princeton with an economics degree. But rather than follow in dad's footsteps, he lived on a $1,000 weekly allowance from his parents, surfing and frequenting yacht clubs while seemingly ignoring requests to find work, reports the New York Times. What happened when his father pulled the safety net, reducing Gilbert's allowance to $300 a week, has been the subject of a three-week murder trial in Manhattan following the 2015 shooting death of Thomas Gilbert Sr. The latest:

  • Gilbert's internet search history from October 2014—including terms "hit man forum," "murder for hire," "contract killing," and "Hire-a-killer.com"—was presented to the jury Monday, per the New York Post.
  • Months after those searches, 34-year-old Gilbert is accused of shooting his 70-year-old father in the head after arriving at his parents' East Side apartment on Jan. 4, 2015 and asking his mother to go out and get him a sandwich, per the Post.

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