Episode 32: GATOR and the Horrific Death of Jessica Bergsten

Murder Coaster by Christa Carmen and Matthew Brockmeyer

Episode notes

The story of professional skateboarder Gator is a distinctly American tale about a rocket to success and a tumble to disgrace. It is also a story about the history skateboarding and Southern California culture, a story of celebrity and fame, of bizarre religious mania, sexual sadism and murder.

Mark Rogowski was just a child when his mother brought him from Brooklyn to San Diego, and beach culture, which involved surfboards and expensive clothing, seemed unobtainable to him, something out of his grasp.

But he'd go on to be one of the greatest skateboarders in the world at the time, and come to personify the California sexiness and wild punk spirit of skateboarding, having an entire clothing line modeled after him. He'd also be a symbol of rockstar lawlessness and debauchery.

But after a drunken decline, he fell into a str ... 

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