In chapter 30, Why does Heck Tate did not want the real story about Bob Ewell's death to get out?

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Arthur (Boo) Radley  killed Bob Ewell when he attacked Scout and Jem.  Heck Tate, the sheriff, thinks that Arthur didn't do anything wrong.  There is nothing wrong "for a citizen to do his utmost to prevent a crime from being committed." (pg 276).  He feels that Arthur did Atticus and the rest of the town a "great service". (pg 276) Heck Tate also knows his community.  He knows that if he tells the town about it, all the ladies in Maycomb, "including my wife", will come by Arthur's house carrying cake and bringing him into the limelight.  Arthur is an extremely shy person, and Heck feels it  would be a sin to treat him that way after he saved the children's lives. He tells Atticus, "If it were any other man, it'd be different. But not this man, Mr. Finch."  (pg 276)

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