Morbidology the Podcast – 89: Nancy Pfister

Podcast released on: 1st March 2021

In 2014, a wealthy Aspen socialite was found dead in her expensive home, sparking an exhaustive investigation, the outcome of which would come as a complete shock to the entire area.

Aspen is a ski-resort town located 13,000 feet up the Rocky Mountains. At one point in time, it was a silver mining town but now, it is a magnet for the wealthy. Nestled among a picturesque mountain and lakes, the average home price in Aspen is around $5 million with at least 50 billionaires owning a home here. In the 1970s and 1980s, Aspen had a reputation for cocaine-fuelled excess but since then, its reputation has drastically changed and it has an extremely low crime rate. However, in 2014, a wealthy Aspen socialite was found dead in her expensive home, sparking an exhaustive investigation, the outcome of which would come as a complete shock to the entire area.


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Audio Sources:

“Murder in Aspen: Ski Town Socialite Killed in her Sleep”

“Nancy Pfister “had a backstage pass to life””


Post Independent, 27 February, 2014 – “Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office CBI Probe Death”

The Denver Post, 1 March, 2014 – “Aspen Police Confirm Homicide Investigation”

Summit Daily News, 2 March, 2014 – “Sheriff’s Office, CBI Probe Death of Aspen Native Nancy Pfister”

The Aspen Times, 3 March, 2014 – “Pitkin County Murder Case Marks Day Four with No Arrest”

Post Independent, 3 March, 2014 – “Couple Arrested in Murder of Aspen Native Nancy Pfister”

Post Independent, 4 March, 2014 – “Suspect Make First Court Appearance in Pfister Murder Case”

WFIN – 1330 AM, 4 March, 2014 – “Couple Charged in Aspen, Colo. Woman’s Slaying”

Legal Monitor Worldwide, 5 March, 2014 – “Suspect Styler Had Been Traumatized by Previous Legal Matters”

WFIN – 1330 AM, 5 March, 2014 – “There’s Got to be Something More”

The Denver Post, 6 March, 2014 – “Things Were Going South”

The Aspen Times, 8 March, 2014 – “The Grieving is no Mystery”

The Aspen Times, 8 March, 2014 – “Pfister Arrests are just Beginning”

The Aspen Times, 11 March, 2014 – “Even with Arrests, Mystery Shrouds Pfister Case”

Post Independent, 15 March, 2014 – “Aspen Resident Katherine Carpenter Arrested in Nancy Pfister Homicide Case”

FOX – 31 KDVR, 17 March, 2014 – “Suspects in Aspen Socialite Murder Frustrated by Publicity”

The Aspen Times, 18 March, 2014 – “Memorial Service Celebrates Nancy Pfister’s Life Saturday”

The Denver Post, 20 March, 2014 – “Defence to get Papers in Aspen Murder Case”

The Aspen Times, 14 April, 2014 – “DA Files Motion to Unseal Nancy Pfister Homicide Case”

Associated Press, 16 April, 2014 – “Colorado Socialite Killed by Blunt Force to Head”

Post Independent, 29 April, 2014 – “Defense Makes Case  for Sealing Pfister File”

Post Independent, 18 June, 2014 – “DA Says Nancy Pfister Homicide Case Getting Stronger”

The Aspen Times, 20 June, 2014 – “William Styler Pleads Guilty”

WFIN – 1330 AM, 21 June, 2014 – “Trash Man Played Key Role in Breaking Aspen Heiress Murder Case”

Post Independent, 18 July, 2014 – “Aspen Homicide Affidavit Portrays Summering Feud”

The Aspen Times, 19 July, 2014 – “Aspen Judge Unseals Affidavit”

WFIN – 1330, 17 September, 2014 – “Former Suspect in Aspen Philanthropist’s Murder Denies Helping Husband Kill Her”

The Denver Post, 7 August, 2015 – “Convicted Murderer Hangs Himself”

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