Louisiana man sentenced to 45 years for attempting to kill and dismember gay men

Chance Seneca, 21, was sentenced Wednesday to 45 years after attempting to murder gay men he met on the dating app Grindr. The court said Seneca planned his hate crimes for many months and intentionally targeted gay men.

In June 2020, Seneca used Grindr to propose a meeting with a man he requested on the app with plans to murder and dismember him, according to a Justice Department press release. Seneca became obsessed with his murder fantasy, perhaps inspired by notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, according to the statement; he planned to “eat and preserve the bodies of his victims”, just as Dahmer had done.


Seneca took the man he met on the app to an isolated home and pulled out a gun, told the man to put on his handcuffs and then tried to kill him, the Justice Department said.

Lafayette police responded to a call from Seneca in June 2020 and found a man, 18-year-old Holden White, seriously injured in a bathtub with strangulation marks on his neck and “wrists cut to the bone,” according to a unsealed affidavit.

The affidavit was filed by an FBI agent and was based on information from Lafayette police and a conversation the agent had with Seneca. He said Seneca told police he had called 911 after the attack “in a self-described effort to commit himself to a mental institution.” Seneca had kidnapped two other men on June 19, according to the indictment.

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