Latest NewsJanuary 31, 2016
In Sept. 2014, Stephen appeared on ABC’s 20/20 with Deborah Roberts to discuss the 2014 killing of Aspen heiress, Nancy Pfister, by a prominent Denver anesthesiologist. During the case, Stephen and Joyce were hired as consultants by ABC News. Their book about the murder, Shadow on the Mountain, will be published in March 2016 by St. Martin’s Press and will explore the themes of class stratification in Aspen and the surprising legal resolution of the crime. Dr. William Styler III pleaded guilty to the homicide and later committed suicide in prison. Instead of resolving the case, his actions only made it more ambiguous. Some of the questions his death raised may soon be answered.
Newest Developments in Aspen murder of Nancy Pfister: In late January 2016, Nancy’s daughter Juliana filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Styler’s wife, Nancy Masson-Styler. In mid-2014, Masson-Styler was fully exonerated in the murder following her husband’s confession. Juliana’s filing suggests that there is evidence to the contrary. Stephen and Joyce will be following the legal proceedings as they unfold.
On 3/4/16 Stephen will be speaking about the Pfister case on the I.D. Discovery Channel.
In June 2015, the Singulars, represented by William Morris Endeavor (WME), released a book about James Holmes, who carried out the largest mass shooting in American history in July 2012 in suburban Denver. The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth, published by Counterpoint Press, examines the entire mass shooting phenomenon, including gun control, mental health, video games, neuroscience, the death penalty, doctor/patient confidentiality, and offers a variety of perspectives from the twenty-something generation that’s driven much of this violence.
An April 2015 pre-publication review of the book by Kirkus, with a star, said:
“An investigation into the plague of violence engulfing a generation of American youth. When Stephen Singular (The Wichita Divide: The Murder of Dr. George Tiller and the Battle over Abortion, 2011, etc.) and his wife, Joyce, set out to write a book about James Holmes, who in 2012, walked into an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater where he killed 12 people and wounded another 58, they had no idea how little information about the case would be available to them. But they used the lack of accessible material as a starting point, with Aurora as the ever present backdrop rather than the sole subject. The spiral notebook of the title, a diary kept by Holmes, was presumed to hold the reasons behind the attack, but a court order kept it sealed from the public. With Holmes’ motives obscured, the Singulars went in search of answers by exploring the nationwide epidemic of mass shootings. They spent time talking to their own 20-something son before embarking on a quest to engage with millennials in conversations about the tragic commonality of school shootings and other violent acts. The result is a disturbing yet fascinating treatise on the impacts of growing up in a world that previous generations would barely recognize. While violent video games get their due, the authors also pinpoint widely prescribed drugs, the pressures of social media, a world at war, and more. What makes this book special is that for every theory they present, the Singulars reference not only experts in psychology, sociology, crime, and other fields, but also 20-somethings, whose opinions seem at once benign in their simplicity and also imbued with the ability to shatter the worlds of their peers. These acts may never be fully understood, but this work certainly helps the process along. Tragic, gripping, and authentic, this book deserves a wide audience.”
In 2011, the rights to the couple’s 2008 book, When Men Become Gods: Mormon Polygamist Warren Jeffs, His Cult of Fear, and the Women Who Fought Back, were purchased by Sony. The Lifetime movie based on this book, “Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs,” starring Tony Goldwyn of the hit ABC- TV show, “Scandal,” aired on 6/28/14. Immediately following the movie, Lifetime presented an hour long documentary on Warren Jeffs and the FLDS, bringing the story into the present. Stephen and others were featured in this companion documentary. See the Denver Post link: http://blogs.denverpost.com/ostrow/2014/05/27/outlaw-prophet-warren-jeffs-lifetime-june/18826/
In July 2008, Stephen testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., about potential federal crimes associated with polygamy, at the request of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Go to the U.S. Senate Judiciary archives to see the transcript.
June 18, 2014, was the 30th anniversary of the assassination of talk show host, Alan Berg. Stephen was interviewed about his first book on Berg, Talked to Death,by Colorado Public Radio. See link: http://www.cpr.org/news/story/murder-colorado-radio-man-alan-berg-still-resonates-30-years-later
On 4/24/14, Joyce and Stephen gave a talk at the Cherokee Ranch and Castle by Sedalia, CO on the JonBenet Ramsey case. This was their second appearance at the castle.
In April 2014 Stephen appeared on the I.D. Discovery Channel’s Perfect Murder series to discuss his “New York Times” best-selling book, A Killing in the Family, the story of Cinnamon and Patti Brown. In 2012, Joyce appeared on I.D. Discovery Channel’s Deadly Women series for the book, “Sweet Evil.” Stephen was also featured on the I.D. Discovery Channel for the 1995 book “Charmed to Death.”
In 2011, Joyce Jacques Singular completed work on A Small Difference. In this project, she assisted Raymond Plank, the founder of the multinational Apache Oil Corporation, with his memoir, published in 2012.
Stephen and Joyce have recently assisted a prominent Denver lawyer in the writing of his memoir.
Stephen has appeared on numerous media outlets including, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, Hardball, CNN’s Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper’s 360, TruTV, ESPN, and FOX.
The couple are available for book doctoring, editing, and assistance with articles, promotional material, full-length manuscripts, and other professional writing projects, particularly in Denver and throughout Colorado’s Front Range.