Thomas Gilbert Jr., the 30-year-old Princeton grad charged with murdering his hedge fund father, wants to know where he can find Rikers Island’s Yoga Jones.
“He kept asking for yoga,” said one of the jail’s employees in an interview. “He thought he was in some resort.”
“It almost looked like he was happy being in jail,” the source continued. “It was the first time in his life he didn’t have pressure.”
Gilbert has also been asking for places to exercise and has been frequently seen jogging in place, as if he is Ashley Judd in a Double Jeopardy training montage. He also asked if he could call his doctor to fill his steroid prescription.
Gilbert, who has a history of mental illness, was arrested for shooting his 70-year-old dad, Thomas Gilbert Sr., after he cut his allowance to $300 per week. The cops say that he asked his mother to leave the apartment to buy him a sandwich and a soda and, while she was gone, killed Gilbert Sr., and placed his hand over the gun in an attempt to make it look like a suicide.
A Princeton graduate, Gilbert was described as a “gorgeous loner”; an ex-girlfriend told the Post, “[H]is dad was hypercritical of him — he couldn’t do anything right... He talked a lot about his dad and how mean he was to him and how nothing was good enough.” He spent a lot of time in the Hamptons, surfing and practicing yoga. Gilbert was also a suspect in an arson case in which an acquaintance’s 17th century Sagoponack home burned down.
When he was arrested, Gilbert reportedly ate two slices of pizza, an Egg McMuffin, an apple and a sandwich, and bragged to cops that he maintained his figure with “a lot of diet and exercise,” according to the New York Post.
“He really thought he was at this upscale rehab,” another Rikers employee told New York Daily News. “It was probably never going through his head that he’s probably never going home.”
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