My Favorite Murder Podcast Revisits Gator’s Story

Everyone should be familiar with Mark “Gator” Rogowski’s story. The ’80s vert legend’s 1992 murder of Jessica Bergsten is arguably the darkest moment in skateboarding’s history to crossover into popular culture, and was well-documented in the 2002 documentary Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator. Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark revisit the narrative in the latest episode of their My Favorite Murder podcast. While there’s not much that can be added through retelling this dark tale, the hosts commentary on skate culture provides some poignant insight into how outsiders view our world. Listen to Episode 162 “Prom Queen City” below. Skip the first 30 minutes to get directly into the Gator recount.

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