Etta Place
Etta Place
Etta Place was a companion of the American outlaws Butch Cassidy (real name Robert LeRoy Parker) and the Sundance Kid (Harry Alonzo Longabaugh), both members of the outlaw gang known as the Wild Bunch. Principally the companion of Longabaugh, little is known about her; both her origins and her fate remain mysterious.
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Truck Yeah Mobile Meetup Coming to Lower East Side in October - Bowery Boogie
Google News - over 5 years
The endeavor is a joint venture between the Lower East Side BID, Gawker Artists, Art Cart, and Etta Place, which aims to bring a melting pot of sanctioned food and arts to the streets of the Lower East Side. A group of ten trucks will reportedly
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With '80s vibe, Hollywood retraces its steps - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Blackthorn An intriguing western mood piece about the aging Butch Cassidy (Sam Shepard), who rides out of Bolivia to visit his long-lost son with Etta Place. On the way he tangles with a young fugitive (Eduardo Noriega) and a Pinkerton detective
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film_espagnol On a retrouvé Butch Cassidy - Les Échos
Google News - over 5 years
Cet enfant est celui qu'il a eu avec Etta Place, le troisième membre du gang (Katharine Ross dans le film de Hill, ici Dominique McElligott). Enfin... Pour peu que ce ne soit pas le Kid le père ! Mais Etta assure que le rejeton est bien le fruit de ses
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Οι δέκα πιο περίεργες εξαφανίσεις - Newsbeast.gr
Google News - over 5 years
Η Etta Place ήταν η φίλη του Harry Longabaugh του περιβόητου άνδρα που ήταν επίσης γνωστός και ως The Sundance Kid. Όσοι την γνώριζαν δεν ήταν σίγουροι για το πραγματικό της όνομα, μιας που άλλαζε το όνομα της συχνά. Ήταν μια πόρνη και η πρώτη γυναίκα
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Historia de cien años de música en el cine (VIII) - Gente Digital
Google News - over 5 years
... cuando escuchamos a BJ Thomas interpretar aquel Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head, mientras veíamos a Buch Cassidy (Paul Newman) llevando en el manillar de su bicicleta a Etta Place (Katherine Ross) en Dos hombres y un destino (George Roy Hill,
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JOURNEYS; 36 Hours | Fort Worth
NYTimes - over 12 years
ONCE the dusty, dowdy sidekick to Dallas, Fort Worth seems well on its way to becoming the liveliest two-step in Texas, an irresistible combination of cowboys and culture. In a two-decade overhaul, significantly helped by generous oil-rich natives, the little fort that was created to protect Dallas has grown up to become a center of innovative
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F.Y.I.
NYTimes - over 13 years
Who Are Those Guys? Q. Did Butch Cassidy really live in the East Village? A. He did, and so did the Sundance Kid. While East 12th Street may seem an improbable address for two men so closely associated with the vast Western landscape, the teeming anonymity of Manhattan offered Butch and Sundance a much-needed haven for a few weeks. On July, 3,
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WESTERNS; Aiming at Cliches
NYTimes - almost 17 years
To the Editor: To Mr. Fuller's admirable survey of films that demythologized the western genre, I would add ''Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.'' The heroes are likable, fun-loving, wise-cracking bank robbers aided and abetted by the amiable musical score. Butch has never killed anyone until late in his career, he doesn't fight fairly, can't
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Fort Worth
NYTimes - almost 20 years
The country music star George Strait once touched upon Dallas's supposedly greater charms with the refrain, ''Does Fort Worth ever cross your mind?'' These days, Fort Worth is on a lot of peoples' minds, for reasons that leave it feeling slightly superior. A downtown built to serve the cattle culture, then nearly killed by the suburban car culture,
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Butch Cassidy et al.
NYTimes - over 22 years
To the Editor: Butch Cassidy in Patagonia is anything but mythical ("Magellan's Route in Tierra del Fuego," Oct. 9). As the author of "Digging Up Butch and Sundance," I can report that not only did Butch spend four years ranching peacefully in Northern Patagonia's Cholila Valley with the Sundance Kid and Etta Place in the early 1900's, but that he
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Butch and Sundance, Maybe. But Etta?
NYTimes - about 25 years
IN the movies, outnumbered and besieged, they went to glory in a hail of gunfire. That was Paul Newman and Robert Redford in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" in 1969. But what really happened in 1908, after Robert LeRoy Parker and Harry Longbaugh, the true Butch and Sundance -- pursued by Pinkerton agents and accompanied by Longbaugh's
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Hunting 2 Outlaws, They Find Skeletons
NYTimes - about 25 years
A team of forensic experts and historians has exhumed a pair of skeletons in Bolivia that may be those of two famous American outlaws, Butch Cassidy and "the Sundance Kid." One of the expedition's members, Dan Buck of Washington, said a trail of documentary clues discovered in various parts of South America led the group last month to a cemetery in
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Etta Place
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1977
    Age 99
    Author and researcher Larry Pointer, author of the 1977 book In Search of Butch Cassidy, wrote that Place's identity and fate are "one of the most intriguing riddles in western history.
    More Details Hide Details Leads develop only to dissolve into ambiguity".
  • FORTIES
  • 1922
    Age 44
    After Longabaugh's death, some believe that she returned to New York City, while other theories indicate she moved back to Texas and started a new life there. A Pinkerton report indicates that a woman matching Place's description was killed in a shootout resulting from a domestic dispute with a man named Mateo Gebhart in Chubut, Argentina, in March 1922.
    More Details Hide Details Another report indicates she committed suicide in 1924 in Argentina, while yet another report indicates that she died of natural causes in 1966.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1910
    Age 32
    Author Richard Llewellyn claimed that while in Argentina he found indications that Place had moved to Paraguay following the death of Longabaugh, and that she had married a wealthy man. There also were rumors that Etta Place was in fact Edith Mae, wife of famous boxing promoter Tex Rickard, who retired to a ranch in Paraguay shortly after promoting the famous fight between Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries in 1910.
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  • 1909
    Age 31
    In 1909, a woman matching Place's description asked Frank Aller (US Vice-Consul in Antofagasta, Chile) for assistance in obtaining a death certificate for Longabaugh.
    More Details Hide Details No such certificate was issued and the woman's identity was never ascertained. There have been various additional claims about her life after Longabaugh died. One claim is that she returned to her life as a schoolteacher, living the remainder of her life in Denver, Colorado, while another story claims she lived the remainder of her life teaching in Marion, Oregon. There are also various claims that she returned to prostitution, living out the remainder of her life in Texas, or New York, or California. However, none of these claims has any supporting evidence.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1907
    Age 29
    By 1907, she was known to have been living in San Francisco, but after that, the trail runs cold.
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  • 1906
    Age 28
    Place had long been tired of life on the run and deeply lamented the loss of their ranch. At her request, on June 30, 1906, Longabaugh accompanied her from Valparaiso, Chile, to San Francisco, California, where she apparently remained while he returned permanently to South America.
    More Details Hide Details There is no evidence that Longabaugh and Place ever saw one another again after that. Those who had met Place claimed the first thing they noticed about her was that she was strikingly pretty, with a very nice smile, and that she was cordial, refined and an excellent shot with a rifle. She was said to have spoken in an educated manner, and she indicated she was originally from the East Coast, although she never revealed an exact location. Eyewitnesses indicated, years afterward, that Place was one of only five women known to have ever been allowed into the Wild Bunch hideout at Robbers Roost in southern Utah, the other four having been Will Carver's girlfriend Josie Bassett, who also was involved with Parker for a time; Josie's sister and Parker's longtime girlfriend Ann Bassett; Elzy Lay's girlfriend Maude Davis; and gang member Laura Bullion.
  • 1904
    Age 26
    By the end of that year, however, they were again back in Argentina; on December 19, 1904, Place took part, along with Longabaugh, Parker and an unknown male, in the robbery of the Banco de la Nacion in Villa Mercedes, 400 miles west of Buenos Aires.
    More Details Hide Details Pursued by armed lawmen, they crossed the Pampas and the Andes and again into Chile.
    In the summer of 1904, she made another visit with Longabaugh to the U.S., where the Pinkerton Detective Agency traced them to Fort Worth, Texas, and to the St. Louis World Fair, but failed to arrest them before they returned to Argentina.
    More Details Hide Details In early 1905, the trio sold the Cholila ranch, as once again the law was beginning to catch up with them. The Pinkerton Agency had known their precise address for some months, but the rainy season prevented their assigned agent, Frank Dimaio, from traveling there and making an arrest. Governor Julio Lezana issued an arrest warrant, but before it could be executed, Sheriff Edward Humphreys, a Welsh Argentine who was friendly with Parker and enamored of Place, tipped them off. The trio fled north to San Carlos de Bariloche, where they embarked on the steamer Condor across Lake Nahuel Huapi and into Chile.
  • 1902
    Age 24
    According to a Pinkerton Detective Agency memorandum dated July 29, 1902, she was "said... to be from Texas", and in another Pinkerton document dated 1906, she is described as being "27 to 28 years old", placing her birth around 1878.
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    On March 3, 1902, she and Longabaugh returned to New York City on the SS Soldier Prince, probably to visit family and friends in the U.S. On April 2, they registered at a Mrs. Thompson's rooming house in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details They toured Coney Island and visited his family (originally from Mont Clare, Pennsylvania, but by then living in Atlantic City, New Jersey). They also possibly traveled to a Dr. Pierce's Invalid Hotel in Buffalo, New York, for unspecified medical treatment. They then traveled west, where again they sought medical treatment, this time in Denver, Colorado. They returned to Buenos Aires from New York on July 10, 1902, aboard the steamer Honorius, posing as stewards. On August 9, she was with Longabaugh at the Hotel Europa in Buenos Aires, and on the 15th she sailed with him aboard the steamer SS Chubut to return to their ranch.
  • 1901
    Age 23
    On February 20, 1901, she sailed with him and Parker (who was now posing as "James Ryan," her fictional brother), aboard the British ship Herminius for Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    More Details Hide Details There she settled with the two outlaws on a ranch which they purchased near Cholila in the Chubut Province of west-central Argentina. It comprised a four-room log cabin on the east bank of the Blanco River. Under a new 1884 law, they were granted 15,000 acres (61 km²) of adjacent land to develop, 2,500 of which belonged to Place herself, who has the distinction of being the first woman in Argentina to acquire land under the new act, as land ownership had previously been almost the exclusive preserve of men.
    In February 1901, Etta Place accompanied Longabaugh to New York City, where at Tiffany's jewelers they purchased a lapel watch and stickpin, and posed for the now-famous DeYoung portrait at a studio in Union Square on Broadway.
    More Details Hide Details It is one of only two known images of her.
  • 1900
    Age 22
    This is confirmed by a hospital staff record from Denver, where she received treatment in May 1900, which reports her age as "22 or 23," again putting her birth year around 1878.
    More Details Hide Details Even her real name is a mystery; "Place" was the maiden surname of Longabaugh's mother (Annie Place) and she is recorded in various sources as Mrs. Harry Longabaugh or Mrs. Harry A. Place. In the one instance where she is known to have signed her name, she did so as "Mrs. Ethel Place". Because Longabaugh's mother was a Place, some rumors suggest that she and Longabaugh were first cousins. The Pinkertons called her "Ethel", "Ethal", "Eva" and "Rita" before finally settling on "Etta" for their wanted posters. Her name may have become "Etta" after she moved to South America, where Spanish speakers could not pronounce "Ethel".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1884
    Age 6
    Like Porter, Wilson was listed as being of English birth, immigrating to the United States in 1884 at the age of six.
    More Details Hide Details Hays theorizes that Wilson changed her name, and that her British accent, tempered by sixteen years in America, might be described as “refined.” All traces of Wilson disappeared after the 1900 census, after Place and Longabaugh left town. There is still considerable debate over when Place's relationship with Longabaugh ended. Some claims indicate that Place ended her relationship with Longabaugh and returned to the United States prior to his death. Other claims indicate that the two remained romantically involved, and that she simply tired of life in South America.
  • 1878
    Age 0
    Born in 1878.
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