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Wife of Slain Wall Street Banker: My Son Did It, but He ‘Is Nuts’

Wife of Slain Wall Street Banker: My Son Did It, but He ‘Is Nuts’
The killing stunned New York with its scandalous details: a Princeton graduate accused of murdering his parent for cutting back his $1,000 weekly allowance.

“He has been shot,” Ms. Gilbert said, trying to keep her voice calm.

When the operator asked her who had done it, she quickly added: “My son, who is nuts. But I had no idea he was this nuts. He shot him in the head.”

Moments earlier she had greeted her son, Thomas Gilbert Jr., and had left him alone with his father, Thomas Gilbert Sr., a fixture on Wall Street who had founded a successful hedge fund.

The killing stunned New York society four years ago with its scandalous details: an Ivy League-educated child of privilege accused of killing his father for cutting back his $1,000 weekly allowance.

A jury heard the agonizing 911 call during the first day of testimony in Mr. Gilbert’s trial on second-degree murder charges.

“Rather than being a compulsive act of a person deranged, the evidence will show that this was a planned and calculated act of a self-absorbed and vengeful son,” Craig Ortner, an assistant district attorney, told jurors.

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