In the summer of 1975 John Baker and his two children Peter and Angela, four year old twins, were struck by an oncoming speed boat on Summit Lake in Argyle, New York. John and Angela died leaving Peter alive but with a head injury.
No mother is present during the accident. The identity and whereabouts of the twins’ mother is unknown. We don’t know why the mother isn’t in the picture. Peter had a father, who had a male companion. Peter had an aunt. Where is Peter’s mother? Is she dead? Did she leave the family? Was she a sexual fling for John and offered John custody of the children? So many possibilities. Only one relative is spoken of during the entire Sleepaway Camp series, “Doctor Thomas”, otherwise known as Aunt Martha.
It is unlikely that Martha was the blood sister of John Baker, given the way he addresses the woman when speaking about her to the children, “Doctor Thomas is on her way up”, he says. Usually when a sibling references another sibling they address them as the children would, referring to them as Aunt or Uncle.
Perhaps Martha was a dear friend John knew during his childhood, or perhaps a high school sweetheart who stuck around to support him after he came out as being homosexual. It is also possible that her husband is a blood relation to the Bakers. Maybe the husband “left” because he could no longer handle the eccentricities of the Baker family. Then again, if the husband was a blood relation, why wasn’t Martha’s last name Baker? Maybe she changed it back to her maiden name after he left or never took his last name because she was a doctor. There are all sorts of possibilities.
Whatever the relation was, John Baker had left Martha Thomas guardianship over the children. So Martha was someone special in his life. John obviously put his trust in Martha to take care of his children. She was given custody of Peter but instead of helping him heal from the accident and helping him cope with the trauma of losing his family, she started raising him as his dead sister. Such a betrayal of trust.
What do we know about Peter Baker. In the Sleepaway Camp script, it is stated that “ANGELA and PETER, 4-year old twins” are playing on the boat. Given the available information, that is factual according to writer Robert Hiltzik, Peter and Angela Baker were born in 1971. In the script, the twins are four years old. Eight years later in 1983, they were twelve years old. These documented ages and years support their birth year.
So regarding Peter’s history, prior to Sleepaway Camp, we only know that he was born in 1971. We know that he was a twin, possibly identical. Although it is not written that Angela and Peter were identical twins, it can be conluded so based upon Aunt Martha being able to successfully pass Peter off as Angela. This is a main staple in being able to trick people that the boy child was in fact the girl child. It is obvious that with long hair, Peter looked like Angela.
Nothing is known about the eight year gap in Peters life. We can only speculate.
CAMP ARAWAK MURDERS
In 1983 Peter Baker attended Camp Arawak with his cousin Ricky. While there he was ridiculed for not speaking. He was responsible for ten deaths. He was discovered by Ronnie and Susie on the waterfront, naked, holding the head of a camper in his lap.
ARREST, CONVICTION, INCARCERATION
In Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers we learn that upon discovery Peter was arrested by Barney Whitmore and taken into custody. Sean Whitmore says “a couple of years ago” Peter went into a “psycho ward” where he received a “sex change”. If we go by Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers which took place in 1988, “a couple of years ago” would have been 1986. More unanswered questions arise:
MASS MURDER AT CAMP ROLLING HILLS
Peter, now officially Angela, is employed at Camp Rolling Hills. Angela Baker has reached urban legend status, whose tale is told around camp fires giving her even more power and embedding herself into the minds of young and impressionable campers. During her employ she kills nineteen people. She collects her victims bodies and stores them in an abandoned cabin which is discovered by Molly who ironically is the only camper who accepts and tries to befriend Angela. But Angela has lost her sense of empathy and in the end Molly also falls prey to Angelas vicious attacks and although she does not die on screen, she is killed in the original script. At the end of Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers Angela does not get caught and is able to continue a reign of terror in Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland.
CAMP NEW HORIZONS MASSACRE
Angela Baker returns to sleepaway camp, where she poses as a camper she stalks and kills. She is responsible for sixteen deaths at Camp New Horizons, where her patience has ceased to become a virtue. There she is reunited with Barney Whitmore, the officer who arrested her on the banks of Camp Arawak some six years prior. In the end “The Angel of Death” is shot and presumed dead. However, she rises victorious in the back of an ambulance leaving her fate unknown to the viewer.