William Styler

20/20 Relationships from Hell: A Downward Slope - The Nancy Pfister Murder

Who Killed One of Aspen, Colorado’s Most Beloved and Beautiful Free Spirits?

“20/20” Unravels Details Behind the First Murder in the Upscale Colorado Town in a Decade

Airing on Tuesday, September 16 on ABC

When Nancy Pfister, one of Aspen, Colorado’s most beloved and prominent free spirits, was found bludgeoned to death in the master bedroom closest of her multimillion dollar home, the list of suspects sent the mountain town into a real life game of Clue. Could it be the local bank teller and Nancy's Best friend? Or her subletters -- a prominent physician and his renowned horticulturalist wife?  Was it greed, jealousy, or something more sinister behind the slope side tragedy that shook this mountain town to its core? Deborah Roberts’ riveting report includes an interview with Nancy Styler, the first time one of the main suspects in the case speaks. “Relationships from Hell: A Downhill Slope” airs on “20/20” on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, (10:00–11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“20/20” is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir.  David Sloan is senior executive producer.


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Deborah Roberts and Nancy Styler

Deborah Roberts and Nancy Styler

Deborah Roberts and Steve Singular

Deborah Roberts and Steve Singular

Chief Investigator, Lisa Miller

Chief Investigator, Lisa Miller

Dominic Frederico

Dominic Frederico

Camera Crew:  Dominic Frederico and Shannon Reed
Producers: Carrie Cook and Scott Engle
Correspondent:  Deborah Roberts
Air Date:  16 September 2014 (20/20)

Aspen is so beautiful - of course I had to do a little Instagramming (click on the flower to see the gallery) ")

Aspen Socialite Murder

Aspen Murder Story - March 2014  (with video; Affiliate KMGH Channel 7, Denver; Air date - March 17, 2014) ASPEN, Colo. - Prosecutors have filed first-degree murder charges against a couple arrested in the killing of a prominent Aspen woman.

Authorities said 65-year-old William F. Styler III and 62-year-old Nancy Christine Styler were charged Monday in connection with the death of 57-year-old Nancy Pfister.

Over the weekend, police arrested a third suspect in Pfister's death -- 56-year-old Katherine M. Carpenter.

Pfister was the daughter of the late Betty and Art Pfister, longtime prominent Aspen residents who co-founded the Buttermilk ski area west of town. Officials still haven't revealed how Pfister was killed.

The Stylers rented Pfister's home until she returned home from traveling in Australia last month.

In January, Pfister wrote on her Facebook wall: "I'd like to stay in Australia but the people that were supposedly taking care of my house are not doing what they said they would do and they're not paying rent and they haven't paid utilities."

Carpenter called police to report finding Pfister's body in a closet in the home on Feb. 26.  She is a local Alpine Bank employee who handled Pfister's property rentals.

Nancy Pfister’s daughter, Juliana, attended the proceedings Monday.

She told ABC News that she couldn't believe someone would kill her fun-loving mother because of an alleged rent dispute.

"How could someone just be so angry that they got kicked out of a house?" Juliana said. "There's got to be something more. It's hard to understand that."

District Attorney Sherry Caloia wouldn't rule out more arrests.

"The case is still open to looking at every possibility out there. Yes it is," said Caloia. "It just doesn't happen in Aspen. It just doesn't happen."

In addition, defense investigators removed boxes of evidence from Pfister’s home in the mountains.

Camera Crew: Dominic Frederico and Shannon Reed
Correspondent: Bazi Kunani
Producer: Carol McKinley
Air Date: 17 March 2014