Etta Place, girlfriend of The Sundance Kid, traveled to South America with Butch and Sundance. While it was widely reported that Butch and Sundance were killed in Bolivia it seems that Etta returned to the United States. However, once she returned she disappeared. (Read the History Mystery Examiner!)
So who was Etta Place? No one seems to know; rumors and theories about her true identity have been the topic of much conversation. This is a perfect case for the History Mystery Detective Agency.
We believe that Etta Place was probably an alias. Often times Etta signed her name as Ethel or Eva. And how can we explain the fact that after much research by historians no one can say where this mysterious Etta Place came from or where she went? It seems very likely that Etta Place was not her given name.
Who was this mysterious woman running around with Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid? Some people have claimed that Etta was actually Butch's sister. But this seems unlikely. In fact she was probably Butch's girlfriend before she met Sundance. Butch and Etta were seen together in the winter of 1896-97 at the outlaw hideout known as Robbers Roost. Other people have suggested that Etta Place was a music teacher, a showgirl from a Texas saloon, manager of a motel, wife of a boxing promoter, the cousin of The Sundance Kid, or even a soldier for Pancho Villa in the Mexican Revolution.
Recent research has uncovered interesting similarities between Etta Place and a woman by the name of Ann Bassett. Ann grew up on a cattle ranch in Brown's Park (another famous outlaw hangout frequented by Butch and Sundance).