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Louisiana Man Chance Seneca Indicted for Allegedly Using Grindr to Find Gay Men to Kill and Eat

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A federal court has indicted and charged Chance Seneca, a 19-year-old Louisiana man, with a hate crime and five other criminal acts. The indictment alleges that Seneca used Grindr, a hookup app for men who have sex with men, to find a gay man to kill. Seneca hoped to eat his victim’s body parts and save other parts as mementos and trophies, the indictment alleged.

On June 19 and 20, 2020, Seneca attempted to kidnapped 18-year-old Holden White and tried to dismember him.

—Warning: This report contains graphic and upsetting details—

White met Seneca last June, for a first date after chatting on Grindr for a month, White said. After entering a place that Seneca claimed was his father’s house, Seneca allegedly strangled him with a cord until he lost consciousness. Later, White woke up in an ice bath to find Seneca allegedly trying to sever his hands from his body, White told The Acadiana Advocate.

White said that Seneca repeatedly stuck a knifepoint into his throat and twisted it around to inflict torture.

“He was just staring at me with a fearful look in his face, like a ‘I just did this?’ look,” White said. “I was laying in the bathtub, naked, bleeding out, the water red and cold, and I remember thinking, ‘Well, this is it.'”

Chance Seneca has been charged with a hate crime and other charges for allegedly kidnapping and torturing Holden White. Authorities allege that Seneca wanted to cannibalize White’s body and save some of his body parts as mementos and trophies. In this photo a person looks at the Grindr app in the App Store on a phone in Los Angeles on March 27, 2019.
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White recalled repeating “Stay calm,” to himself over and over again as he faded in and out of consciousness. The attack left him in a three-day coma. He woke up in Ochsner Lafayette General Hospital’s intensive care unit. He stayed hospitalized for a month and was released just before his 19th birthday.

The night of the attack, Seneca called 911 and told authorities that he had killed a man. Police reportedly discovered a firearm that Seneca had allegedly planned on using in future attacks. Authorities also alleged that Seneca tried to cover up his actions by deleting his Grindr messages between White and himself.

A Facebook profile under Seneca’s name included a profile picture of Jeffrey Dahmer, a serial killer who murdered and dismembered 16 men and boys. Dahmer ate some of his victims’ body parts and kept other parts as trophies and mementos. Seneca sought to do the same to his victims, the indictment alleged.

After leaving the hospital, White criticized police for not using a rape kit to determine whether Seneca had sexually assaulted him. White and his advocates in the LGBTQ community also wanted Seneca to be charged with a hate crime.

“He chose to go on the app Grindr. He went on an app designated for gay people. He chose to choose someone who is gay and very proud of his sexuality. He said this in prison,” White said in an interview with WAVY-TV.

“He said he chose me because I have a smaller stature and it would be easier to kill me. He knew what he was doing,” White added.

Seneca faces hate crime charges, along with charges of kidnapping, firearm possession and obstruction of justice. He was also charged with attempted second-degree murder. He was jailed with a $250,000 bond. He reportedly entered a not guilty plea in November.

The Liberty Buzz contacted Clay LeJeune, Seneca’s lawyer, for comment.

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