Towards the end of chapter 1, Jem describes Boo Radley as a monster. Jem, as any child would do, tends to exaggerate the description. The residents of Maycomb knew something was a little different about the Radleys on the corner. Stories had circulated for many years about the happenings at the Radley house. Through various discussions with Calpurnia, Atticus, and his neighbor Stephanie Crawford, Jem described Boo Radley as a ghostly figure that comes out at night. Boo Radley becomes the topic of the children's imagination through games and other mischief. Below is Jem's description:
"Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained - if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time."