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?