Etta Place

I watched something on PBS about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid last night and once again I was the most drawn to Etta Place. For those who may not know, she was the girlfriend or wife of Sundance (Harry Longabaugh). When it looked like there was no escaping the outlaw life or the law she left them and disappeared. It’s really something that no one has been able to find out what happened to her. How is that possible? She was still in her twenties when she and Harry parted so she must have lived for many many years more years. Decades, probably. She must have had friends, relatives, so many people who knew what happened to her. How is it possible that all of them kept quiet, and continue to keep quiet (presuming her friends and relatives told their children, etc.). It’s just inconceivable to me.

And it makes me want to give finding her a try.

See the darkened windows three floors from the top? I want to live in there. The floor looked empty and available. The building is 1200 Broadway—not the nicest spot in the city but it’s a beautiful building.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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