It makes sense that in a town where Archibald Leach did business as Cary Grant and Bernie Schwartz became Tony Curtis, that a mob boss in hiding would opt for a marquee-worthy alias. Even when that marquee is nothing more than a Santa Monica apartment complex calling card.
But magazine writing professor and Boston Globe contributor Delia Cabe thinks there may be a cheeky undercurrent to the manner in which captured fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger and his moll chose to honor this age-old Hollywood tradition, as Charles and Carol Gasko. She writes:
Charles, Carol and its other variants means “free man.” Random choice? Coincidence? Or was this Whitey’s inside joke?
FishbowlLA totally thinks it’s an inside joke. And who knows? Maybe there’s also something to the “Gas Co.” sound-alike nature of the last name, too.