The man at the centre of a gruesome murder plot has pleaded guilty to the kidnapping of a gay teen he met through Grindr with the intention of murdering and dismembering his body.

21-year-old Chance Seneca from Lafayette, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping in relation to an incident in June 2020.

According to the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Seneca admitted that he intended to kill his victim Holden White (aged 18 at the time) with the “purpose of satisfying his homicidal urges”.


Seneca, who used Grinder to propose a meeting with White, drove the victim to an isolated house before taking out a handgun and telling the teen to put on handcuffs.

Seneca “then attempted to murder and dismember” White. 

According to the Associated Press, police found White in a bathtub with his “wrists slit to the bone” along with strangulation marks on his neck. White survived but remained in a coma for three days after the gruesome assault. 

Seneca also attempted to kidnap one other man and successfully kidnapped another within the same week of his attack on White.

The maximum sentence for kidnapping in the state of Louisiana is life in prison. Seneca may also face additional charges of intentionally selecting his victims based on their sexual orientation. Seneca will be sentenced on 25 January 2023.