The Ivy League grad on trial for shooting dead his father, allegedly in a dispute over his weekly allowance being cut, called his super from jail to have him remove crime scene stickers from his apartment door, according to Tuesday’s testimony.
Prosecutors played the bizarre recorded jail call from Thomas Gilbert Jr., 34, to his super Gary Reatz.
The pampered Princeton grad, who suffers from schizophrenia, refused to attend his own murder trial Tuesday and wasn’t present in court.
“I thought you went to jail,” Reatz asks Gilbert March 21, 2015, just over two and a half months after he allegedly shot his dad, Thomas Gilbert Sr., in the head.
“Yes, I’m actually still here, unfortunately,” replied Gilbert, politely. He then asks Reatz to enter his modest one-bedroom apartment at 350 W. 18th St. and set the burglar alarms. Reatz tells him that the police changed the locks and put crime scene stickers on the door.
“If possible, take the stickers off if you can?” Gilbert asks.
Reatz told jurors Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court that Gilbert wanted the crime scene stickers removed because “he didn’t want any of the neighbors to know what happened to him.”
A week before the Jan. 4, 2015, slaying, Gilbert asked Reatz for permission to view the rental building’s surveillance footage.
“I asked him why and he said, ‘I just wanted to see who’s coming in and out of the apartment,’” Reatz recalled of the odd request.
In earlier testimony, NYPD Detective Joseph Cirigliano revealed the dramatic moment that the defendant’s mother, Shelley Gilbert, informed her daughter that her father was dead.
The young woman was attending evening mass when Shelley entered the church and told her.
“[She] had a visible emotional reaction,” Cirigliano said. “She started hysterically crying.”
Gilbert was raised in the lap of luxury, attending Buckley and Deerfield Academy, summering in the Hamptons and traveling the world – all on his parents’ dime.
The young man struggled to keep a job as his mental health deteriorated and his parents supported him, even footing the bills for his country club memberships.
Prosecutors say that Gilbert was so irate when his father slashed his allowance by $100 a week that he shot him.
But the defense – and his shattered mother – have argued that Gilbert was suffering from severe mental illness when he pulled the trigger.