Chance Seneca is a man from Louisiana who wanted to be a serial killer just like Jeffrey Dahmer however the first time he attempted to murder someone he failed. According to court documents Chance Seneca decided to use Grindr in order to meet men that he could later murder. The first time that Chance Seneca put his plan into action he met a teenager Holden White who he would later lure to a remote location, handcuff him and attempted to kill him in a variety of ways. Holden White would end up in a coma but would survive the attack. Chance Seneca would be arrested, convicted and now will spend forty five years in a Louisiana prison.
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A Louisiana man was sentenced to 45 years in federal prison for kidnapping and attempting to murder a gay teen as part of a broader hate crime scheme targeting men on an LGBTQ dating app, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.
Chance Seneca, 21, pleaded guilty in September, admitting to kidnapping the teen whom he met on Grindr with the intention of killing him and dismembering his body. His decadeslong sentencing rested on a variety of factors, the Justice Department revealed, including that Seneca intentionally targeted the teen and other gay men because of their sexual orientation.
The Justice Department said Seneca spent months “designing a murder-kidnapping scheme that mirrored the murders of gay men committed by the notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.” It added that, as with Dahmer, Seneca intended to eat and preserve the body parts of his victims.
“The facts of this case are truly shocking, and the defendant’s decision to specifically target gay men is a disturbing reminder of the unique prejudices and dangers facing the LGBTQ+ community today,” Kristen Clarke, an assistant attorney general for the department’s civil rights division, said in a statement. “The internet should be accessible and safe for all Americans, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.”
Last year, Seneca admitted that in June 2020 he intended to kill the victim, Holden White, who was then 18, “for the purpose of satisfying his homicidal urges,” according to a previous Justice Department statement. White survived the grisly assault, but was left in a coma for three days.
After his arrest, Seneca also acknowledged that he intended to kill other gay men until he was either caught or killed himself, the Justice Department said Wednesday. Within days of his assault on White, Seneca allegedly attempted to kidnap a different man and allegedly kidnapped another, the Justice Department said in a previous statement.
On Wednesday, White posted a succinct message on Facebook, in what appeared to be in response to Seneca’s sentencing: “45 years.”
The Louisiana case is one of several where people have used Grindr, a dating app founded in 2009 that is predominantly used by gay men, to target LGBTQ people around the world.