ABC’s ’20/20: Murder in Aspen’ is an episode that chronicles the homicide of small-town socialite Nancy Pfister, along with its baffling aftermath. On February 26, 2014, the 57-year-old’s bloody remains were recovered from the walk-in closet of her home after being placed there by her perpetrator roughly two days prior. After thorough inquiries and an admission, William “Trey” Styler III was charged, arrested, and convicted for her murder. Yet, his wife, Nancy Styler, was also a suspect and only cleared by the officials once he’d pled guilty. So, let’s find out more about her, shall we?
Who is Nancy Styler?
William “Trey” Styler had met Nancy Styler for the first time in a hospital in Wichita, Kansas, almost 25 years before the offense, while he worked as a doctor and she as an instructor. The two fell in love and tied the knot soon after, following which they built a safe and stable life. Regrettably, it came crashing down when Trey was diagnosed with a neurological disease in the early 2000s and faced two expensive lawsuits. He then began helping out Nancy in her gardening trade, but she suggested that they relocate to Aspen and start a spa business since they needed more funds.
For this, Nancy, who already had a little bit of experience through medical school, completed courses in botox and laser. Then, when she saw the ad by Nancy Pfister in a local newspaper, where she was looking for tenants, she realized that her residence would be the perfect place to start. Soon, though, disputes between the Stylers and Nancy began, especially as the latter, as per Mrs. Styler, began treating them as “trailer trash” and “slaves.” Then, after conflicts over money, they were abruptly evicted, which led to them coming back for their belongings. Nancy noted that the homeowner was missing while packing, leading to the discovery of the murder.
Where is Nancy Styler Now?
Due to the financial arguments between the two parties, the investigators zeroed in on Trey and Nancy Styler, which resulted in the apprehension of the pair as soon as incriminating evidence was recovered from their motel room and the public trash can behind it. Nancy’s statements to the police on how much she despised her former landlord did not help matters either. “She’s a liar. She’s an alcoholic,” she candidly stated. “And she is the most self-loathing person that I’ve ever met. There’s not one person who said a nice thing about her.” However, from the time she was arrested to the time she was released – three months – Nancy maintained her innocence.
When Trey Styler confessed to the crime, he corroborated that Nancy had no knowledge of the murder and agreed to reveal all the details if his wife was given unconditional freedom. Therefore, Nancy can never be charged in connection to this case, which she wasn’t worried about anyways since, in her own words, she is “totally innocent.” She filed for divorce soon after and also penned the 2015 book ‘Guilt by Matrimony: A Memoir of Love, Madness, and the Murder of Nancy Pfister.’ Nancy has since reclaimed her maiden name of Masson and relocated to Massachusetts.
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