A teenager who was tortured and left partially paralyzed by a Jeffrey Dahmer fan he met on Grindr revealed he will need round-the-clock care for his injuries and is pressing for hate crime charges against his alleged attacker. Holden White was 18 last June when he was attacked by Chance Seneca, 19, in Lafayette, Louisiana, on a gaming date. Seneca attempted to strangle the teen and amputate his hands, then called police and admitted to the crime. Seneca entered a plea of not guilty at court and remains in jail.
“When I wake up, I am in his bathtub naked,” White recalled of the terrifying experience for the Arcadian Advocate. “The water is running, and it's cold. He is in the process of doing my left wrist. He was slicing it like this and was very, very hard. It was to the point that he was basically trying to cut off my hands.”
White lost consciousness but recalled waking up again at some point to see Seneca looking down on him.
“He was just staring at me with a fearful look in his face,” White continued, describing Seneca’s expression as if asking “I just did this?”
The brutalized teen lay motionless in the bathtub trying to stay calm and keep his wits about him while his attacker backed off, called police, and confessed to killing a man. Police arrested Seneca not long after, and White woke up three days later in intensive care at Ochsner Lafayette General Hospital with severe injuries.
“Holden has severe lacerations to both wrists, stab wounds, and lacerations to his neck and was found unconscious,” White’s sister, Faith Roussel, wrote on a GoFundMe page the family has set up to cover the extensive ongoing medical expenses. “He will need intense physical therapy, emotional therapy, many prayers, and love.”
Seneca has been charged with second-degree attempted murder and remains behind bars with a $250,000 bond. The family wants to see additional hate crime charges added to the indictment, but the Lafayette authorities currently do not agree. They point to Seneca’s Facebook profile showing his obsession with serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed at least 16 men and boys from 1978 to 1991 before he was murdered in prison in 1994. Dahmer's victims, who were mostly Black and brown men, will be at the center of a Ryan Murphy series created in collaboration with Janet Mock for Netflix.