Nancy Pfister was the ultimate party girl – a jet- setting socialite who had flings with superstars Michael Douglas and Jack Nicholson in the chic ski town of Aspen.
The pampered free spirit didn’t have a care in the world, friends said, until she rented her home to a retired doctor and his wife – and ended up brutally beaten to death, her body encased in bubble wrap and stuffed in a closet.
Now her former tenants are behind bars, charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. “It’s a horrible shock and a tragedy for everyone who loved Nancy,” Cassandra Denver – a long- time friend and widow of “rocky Mountain High” singer John Denver – told The ENQUIRER.
Although Douglas hadn’t seen Pfister in years, he was “shocked and devastated” when he heard the party girl he’d once dated had been murdered, said a source. Pfister’s parents developed Aspen’s ritzy Buttermilk Mountain ski area, and the 57-year-old “never worked a day in her life,” a source told THE ENQUIRER.
Pfister was just 19 when she had a brief affair with “Wall street” star Douglas in 1976, shortly before he married first wife, Diandra, insiders say. “But she didn’t spend much time mourning the end of their relationship,” said the source. “Nancy immediately hooked up with Jack Nicholson for another fling.” The source said that Pfister also claimed to have had a romance with Don Johnson.
”Pfister was planning a lengthy stay in Australia when she agreed to rent her home to Dr. William Styler, 65, and wife Nancy, 62, for $4,000 a month, sources say. “She met them in October, just before she left for Australia,”
Michael Cleverly – author of “the Kitchen Readings: Untold Stories of Hunter S. Thompson” – and a friend of Nancy’s for 35 years, told The ENQUIRER. “They were planning to open a med- spa, offering dermabrasion treatments, and were looking for a place to stay. But she never checked them out,” and that may have been a fatal mistake.
The Stylers’ lifestyle had been going downhill since William quit his anesthesiology practice in Denver due to a chronic illness. He lost a lawsuit against his former employers, and was unable to collect an $800,000 award he won from his attorney, who declared bankruptcy.
When the Stylers allegedly failed to pay rent or utility bills, a concerned Pfister returned from Australia to confront them, sources say. They moved out of her home on Feb. 22.
Four days later, a friend found Pfister’s body. It was encased in bubble wrap, and so badly beaten that dental records were needed to identify her.
Pfister was “bludgeoned to death while she was sleeping,” a source close to the investigation told The ENQUIRER “Her body was shoved into her bedroom closet and found with a bag over her head. A hammer was found outside the residence. Police believe it is the murder weapon.”
Dr. Styler’s attorney claims he was “traumatized” by his financial problems and has “mental issues.”
The source noted: “Nancy loved life – and life loved Nancy. I will miss her, and so will Aspen.”
Update: A third suspect, Kathy Carpenter, was charged in Pfister’s death on Friday night. All three are scheduled to appear in court today.