In Manhattan, Justice Melissa Jackson denied Thomas Gilbert Jr. bail, reports Rebecca Rosenberg in the New York Post.
He has been charged with the murder of his father, Thomas Gilbert Sr., a hedge fund operator. The primary reasons for the denial included the seriousness of the alleged crime and that, since the defendant is facing 25 years to life, he is perceived as a flight risk.
The story of the Gilbert family has provided insight into the New York achievement ethos. If you were born into the elite, great accomplishments were expected of you. Neither father nor son could achieve as much as it was perceived those with the right genes, education and networks should.
In a sense both were victims. Right in the middle of the Manhattan elite culture, it is difficult or impossible to accept this kind of "failure." It can eat at your inner being. Also, since so many do manage to acquire great wealth, power and influence it seems that no matter how successful, one is never successful enough.
Both Gilberts had it rough, in their own ways.