Investigation Discovery’s ‘Murder Decoded: Anatomy of Murder’ as well as NBC’s ‘Dateline: The Room Downstairs’ delves into the homicide of 59-year-old Robert Cantor in Teaneck, New Jersey, in 2011. The authorities believed this killing was at the hands of a jealous estranged husband. At the time, he was dating Sophie Menuet, who had been married to Tony Tung. She’d actually filed for divorce just days before the incident, and the latter was eventually found guilty of heinously killing the lover. Sophie testified at his trial, talking of Tony’s behavior leading up to the incident. So, if you’re curious about where she might be now, here’s what we know!
Who is Tony Tung’s Wife?
Sophie Menuet is a French national who came to the United States in 1991. According to the Investigation Discovery episode, she pursued her Master’s degree in Business Administration at a college in New York and has since continued to live in Manhattan. She was actually married to Tony Tung when she met Robert at a wine-and-cheese event in September 2009. By then, she had a successful career working in the corporate world, reportedly as a Finance Officer, and was a proud mother of three youngsters. However, when questioned, Sophie told the police her relationship with Tony was not great at that point, adding she had contemplated separating from him.
Sophie and Tony share three daughters, and he had been working as a computer repairman. He found out about her affair with Robert when he installed spyware on her computer to access her emails. She later testified that Tony got her a Valentine’s Day card which included a message similar to what she and Robert exchanged over emails. On the day of Robert’s murder, Tony learned from one of his daughters that she met Robert on a trip to the museum with Sophie.
Robert was killed on March 6, 2011, with a gunshot wound to the head. He was then set on fire. Circumstantial evidence pointed to Tony as the killer, but no physical evidence tied him to the murder. He later admitted to asking Robert to show the bed where he had sex with his wife Sophie, and regarding that, he said, “It’s like a freaking dungeon. (Software engineers) make good money. He can’t take (her) to a hotel? I thought, ‘You took Sophie down here?'”
Where is Tony Tung’s Wife Now?
At Tony’s 2015 trial, Sophie further testified that her estranged husband once showed her a gun and told her about both Robert’s and her lives being in danger. As per the Investigation Discovery show, Tony said to the police that the gun was his friend’s and he had returned it after that. Nevertheless, He was convicted of Robert’s murder in the end, only for an appeals court to order a new trial in 2019 – it yielded the same verdict in July 2023 thanks to Sophie’s willingness to testify again.
“I had given up,” Sophie candidly stated during his re-trial. “I remember one instance where I told Tony I felt like I was suffocating, and his answer was ‘Oh, so me and the kids are suffocating you?’ and I was like no, that’s not what I’m saying… But it was all about him.” She then revealed she’d still stayed with her husband for so long because “I think I just felt trapped. I didn’t see any way out.” So now, she’s trying her best to move forward while understandably maintaining a significantly low profile, meaning we sadly don’t know much about either her personal or her professional standing at the moment.