Legally Dead: A Father and Son Bound by Murder by Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie (October 2011)

Publication Date:
October 2011
Berkley True Crime
$9.99 Paperback or Kindle

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On October 3, 2011
Last modified:February 17, 2013


A lawyer who doesn't want to share his assets and child custody with his soon-to-be ex-wife. What a story!

Legally Dead by Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie
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I don’t know about you, but I’m just about sick and tired of idiots who think they’ll win a child custody case by murdering their ex-spouse.  And of course, there is never a shortage of these fools who hate their ex more than they love their children.

Next up in this category is Seth Bader, a New Hampshire attorney who was more worried about the dollars in his pocket than the well-being of his children.  

Vicki Lynn Buzby married Seth in 1991 and soon thereafter they adopted Seth’s cousins Joseph and Matt Bader whose mother was a homeless heroin addict.   Soon Vicki and Seth would welcome a third child, their biological son, Sam.

But being married with children wasn’t enough for Seth, and it wasn’t long until he was using the services of prostitutes.  As can be expected, Vicki eventually got sick of her husband’s extracurricular and filed for divorce.

Before the ink was even dry on the divorce petition, Seth was shacking up with Mary Jean Martin; a gold digging, dog breeding, blonde bombshell.

Even though Seth had managed to gain temporary custody of the kids, they were neither Seth’s nor Mary Jean’s real concern.  Money was what mattered.

This psychotic duo set out to torture the emotionally and mentally weak Vicki, using the children as pawns in their nasty little game of child custody, child support, and alimony using the 1995 movie Never Talk to Strangers as a blueprint.

When it looked like Seth was going to lose out on all he wanted (that is, money), he upped the ante by making his oldest son an accomplish in Vicki’s murder.

Bestselling true crime authors Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie vividly recount the fatal divorce case of Bader v. Bader with it’s twisted cast of characters:  the crazy little man, his demanding princess mistress, brainwashed children, and Italian mobster-wannabes. A lethal combination that in any other would be downright comical.

Be forewarned, however, that you will be absolutely outraged at the massive failures to protect Vicki and the children by multiple judicial entities. And just when you think it can’t get any worse, they screw up again!

Legally Dead is contemporary true crime writing at its best. A definite must read for 2011!

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6 Responses to "Legally Dead: A Father and Son Bound by Murder by Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie (October 2011)"

  1. Steve Rudin says:

    I am related to Seth Bader.  I only remember seeing him when I was a child, so I know very little about him.  I found out about the murder in 2006 when I decided to write a family history, to preserve for future generations what I know about the family.  
     All I knew about Seth was that he was a lawyer in New Hampshire. When I went looking for a website for a law practice, the information about the murder came up!   What a shock!  I still can’t get over it!

  2. Greendisp11 says:

    Matthew Bader is my boyfriend. He is 24 years old now.He recently finished reading this book. Said it was an eye opener as he was so young. He was lucky enough to grow into an amazing man with a heart of gold. No thanks to Seth! I’m interested in reading this book, but I just know it’s going to piss me off and hurt to read of him being treated so horribly and put through such a scaring and traumatic event. Thank God for his strength and good heart.

    • I just read the book and breaks my heart how all the kids were treated.  They never had the chance to really know a mothers love or for that matter any female.  Good for you to be there for him and show him that he got a bad deal from the beginning but not all people are horrid.  Good luck in life to both of you!  I’m sure you are both good for each other!  God Bless and much happiness in life!   

    • Steven Rudin says:

      I am glad to hear that Mathew is doing well! Seth’s mother was my father’s sister. So, of course, Seth is a first cousin. I am about 11 years older than him.


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