Mark Rogowski, Rape and Murder, 1991
It’s not just team sports that breed criminals. One of the most shocking tales in the pro skateboarding world is the story of Mark “Gator” Rogowski. Gator was a pro skater by the age of fourteen, winning competitions around the world and getting endorsement deals. He was one of the biggest names of the 1980s skate scene, but during the '90s his fortunes started to wane and he hit the skids in San Diego, becoming a severe alcoholic.
One night in 1991, Jessica Bergstein, an old female friend, paid him a visit. A drunken Rogowski took her home, hit her in the back of the head with a metal pole, and raped her before stuffing her body in a surfboard bag and suffocating her. A few weeks later, he confessed the murder to a friend and turned himself in to the police.