- How in the hell did Aunt Martha get away with parading Peter around as his dead sister for so long?! The boating accident happened in broad daylight and involved multiple people and witnesses, so there had to have been a police investigation. Peter would have certainly been taken to the hospital right afterwards and they would have easily identified his gender and identity long before his aunt got to him. Therefore, it would have been a matter of public record that Peter Baker survived and that Angela Baker was dead. Court records would also state that Martha had obtained custody of her nephew Peter. Yes, a lot of Marthas abuse would have occurred behind closed doors, but its not unreasonable to think that a social worker might have dropped by to make sure Peter was adjusting to his new home. Wouldnt any friends or neighbors have found it odd that the news is saying that Angela was killed and suddenly Martha is introducing them to her niece? What about school? How would Peter attend school as Angela if shes legally dead? If Martha did somehow finagle it so he attended under Angelas name, then why didnt anyone question Martha on why there is no record of Peter attending school? Did no teacher notice anything was off? Yes, there is a moment near the beginning that hints Marthas been faking the kids physical records, but did Angela never need to visit the school nurse? For that matter, where the hell was Ricky in all this?! Did he know this was going on? True, kids can be coerced to keep quiet about horrific abuse (hell, having to be compliant in his cousins abuse could explain a great deal of Rickys anger issues), but theres still the chance he might have slipped up and said something to someone that could have triggered an investigation. Does social services just not exist in this universe? Frankly the fact that this was able to carry on for eight years boggles the mind.
- I suppose the most logical explanation is that Martha moved house or far away from where the accident happened. Or else she already lived far away. I suppose she didn't make the decision to change his gender until after all the legal procedures had been settled. As for news reports, this stuff gets less coverage than you'd think. It was a simple boating accident with no foul play and therefore no more than a week's coverage at best. If neighbours see a niece apparently living with Martha and remember hearing about the niece being killed, they'll just assume they're remembering wrong. In the days before internet, it'd be hard to hunt down a news story and get confirmation. And do they have any reason to believe that Martha is raising her nephew as a girl? Schooling is a bit harder to explain but it's possible the children were home-schooled. Martha's a doctor and surely able to afford a tutor for them. It would explain why Angela is so awkward around other kids. She's never socialised before. Since it's a child we're dealing with, the ruse was easier to pull off. With Martha being a doctor, that takes care of the biggest problem. But yes, the truth would have come out once 'Angela' turned eighteen.
- Why is Angela Baker in part 2 and 3 a wisecracking serial killer who make bad puns? Wasn't she a quiet, shy, anti-social girl in the first movie? Angela in the sequels is talkative, fun loving, and likes to sing.
- Even the fourth/fifth film, which was meant to be rerail the series, had her dress up as a cop, kill people who hadn't antagonized her in over-the-top ways, and loudly explain her motivation at the end. The short and unsatisfying answer is that her time in the asylum in both timelines changed her, and she started a crusade against all bullies, not just those that bullied her.
- Does Ricky know that Angela is really Peter? Did Martha lie to him?
- Does "Angela" count as a case of Gender dysphoria? Near as I can tell this not a case of a boy thinking he was meant to be a girl, this is a case of an abusive parent forcing a traumatised boy into a role for her own sick fantasy.
Headscratchers / Sleepaway Camp