On Saturday, Oct. 3, Nathan Vossler was arrested for especially aggravated kidnapping involving a 6-year-old girl in the Emerald Hills apartment complex. Eight days later, Nathan’s computer caught on fire in the apartment, Emerald Hills 12A, he shares with his wife, Mary.
Mary was subsequently arrested for aggravated arson Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Mary agreed to an exclusive interview with The All State Saturday, Nov. 8.
An image of Mary, wearing an orange jump suit and sitting in a white painted room with a single dark blue door and one window, was displayed on a grey Sony Trinitron TV. A video camera was attached to the TV and encased in the No. 23 cream visitation station with a glass screen.
The 30-minute interview took place over a black phone.
Mary seemed happy to talk to someone about herself as a person rather than as a criminal. Although she was willing to answer questions, she said she could not answer every question because the phone might be monitored.
Mary is a French major with minors in international relations and history.
She spoke of her many campus involvements, including membership in Gamma Beta Phi and the History Club and serving as Alpha Lambda Delta treasurer and president of the International Student Organization (ISO), which was named Student Organization of the Year at the Student Organization and Leader Awards under her leadership.
This winter, Mary and Nathan were planning to study abroad in London with Mickey Wadia, professor of languages and literature.
“Now that all of this happened, we will not get to go,” Mary said.
Both of the Vosslers’ passports have been surrendered to their attorneys to give to the clerk.
Mary said when her husband was arrested she visited him every day.
Now the only way the married couple can communicate is through letters.
“I have never been away from him before like this. RA camp was the longest I have been away from him. I cried like a baby,” Mary said. “He is everything to me. He is right next to God.”
Mary said she recently found out David Kanervo, chair and professor of political science and sociology, wanted her to apply for a Tennessee Legislature internship the Friday before Nathan was arrested.
Also during this time, she said she began to read a book called “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe.
As she discussed the Facebook group “Vossler Haters of Austin Peay,” which she and her husband created for fun, two of her friends came to visit.
Kaur the current ISO president, and J. Grammer visited Vossler.
They talked with Vossler about bail, classes and retrieving their things from the Vosslers’ apartment.
During the conversation with her visitors, Mary smiled and laughed like it was taking place at home or on campus.
Meanwhile, the reflection of inmates walking by in orange jump suits could be seen in the window, a constant reminder of where the conversation was taking place.
Kaur told Mary ISO has written post cards for the Vosslers.
“[ISO] doesn’t seem the same without you,” said Kaur. “A lot of people have applied to visit.”
While Grammer was talking to Mary, the TV screen flashed multiple times, indicating one minute was remaining. Mary made a heart with her hands while Grammer and Kaur said their good byes and that they are going to visit Nathan Wednesday, Nov. 11. Mary agreed to talk more to The All State; then the screen went blank.
Today, Nathan and Mary Vossler are still awaiting trial in jail with bonds set at $50,000 and $25,000, respectively.