In the wealthy resort enclave of Aspen a retired physician has changed his “not guilty” plea to “guilty” to the murder of the heir to the famous Buttermilk ski slope area.
Doctor William Francis Styler, age 66, admitted in a Denver criminal court that he killed well-known resident Nancy Pfister by beating her to death with a hammer in her home in February.
Investigators discovered her body stuffed into a wooden cupboard in her home.
Ms. Pfister, who was 57 at the time of her death, had agreed to rent her home to Styler and his wife while she traveled overseas. The Stylers had relocated to Aspen following the Denver anesthesiologist’s retirement and were supposedly looking for a permanent home.
Investigators discovered that there had been a series of angry exchanges between the Stylers and Nancy Pfister over money that was apparently owed for the rental of the home.
According to Aspen law enforcement, this is the first known homicide in the city since October 2001.
Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said, “I loved Nancy. Everybody did. She was a wonderful person just trying to help people.”
Nancy Pfister was the daughter of Art and Betty Pfister, a prominent local couple who played a significant role in the development of the Aspen ski resorts.
Pitkin County District Attorney Sherry Caloia reported the doctor will be sentenced to 20 years in state prison.
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Public records reveal that William F. Styler graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1979.
Our guess is madman Styler is not OSU’s favorite alumnus.