James Patterson’s Til Homicide Do Us Half is investigating the homicide of Jessica Bergsten by skateboarding celeb Mark Anthony ‘Gator’ Rogowski in California in 1991.
Rogowski had turn out to be well-known all through the Eighties alongside different skaters equivalent to Tony Hawks and Steve Caballero, however by the Nineteen Nineties, his standing and habits had been each on a downward trajectory.
The change in reputation from Vert Skating to Avenue Skating badly affected Rogowski’s profession prospects. By 1991 he was having monetary issues and was affected by damage and habit.
In March 1991, 22-year-old Jessica Bergsten moved from Arizona to the San Diego space and bought involved with Rogowski, who was the ex-boyfriend of her buddy.
On March 21, the pair spent the day collectively as Rogowski had agreed to point out Jessica across the San Diego space. He later recanted how that they had gone again to his apartment to look at motion pictures and drink wine.
The killer would later admit to the police that he had whacked Bergsten within the again to the top with a metallic membership earlier than handcuffing her to his mattress. He then repeatedly raped her.
Afterward, when she started to kick and scream, he put her in a surfboard bag to forestall his neighbors from listening to the noise.
Rogowski then positioned his hand over her mouth till she stopped respiratory. He then buried her stays in a shallow grave within the desert close to Ocotillo.
Her badly decomposed remains were discovered by hikers a couple of weeks later, on April 10.
Mark ‘Gator’ Rogowski confessed to killing Jessica Bergsten
Rogowski made a confession to his minister, who then inspired him to show himself in to the cops. He approached the police on April 11, made a full confession, and was subsequently charged with first-degree homicide.
In March 1992, Rogowski was sentenced to 31 years in jail, 25 for the homicide and 6 for the rape.
In 2019, a parole board really useful that he be paroled; nevertheless, this determination was overturned final 12 months by Governor Newsom, who stated that the killer wanted to achieve a “deeper understanding” of his crimes.
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James Patterson’s Til Homicide Do Us Half airs at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery.