"Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. People said he existed, but Jem and I had never seen him. People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows. When people's azaleas froze in a cold snap, it was because he had breathed on them. Any stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work. "-Page 10
People do not actually know the true story of Boo Radley. They just assume that he is evil and strange because of rumors they have heard.
Stephanie Crawford said that Boo stabbed his father in the leg with scissors.
He was rumored to have been chained up in the courthouse basement.