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by Harper Lee

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What clues does Lee give the reader about Ewell's death in To Kill a Mockingbird? What conclusions can the reader draw from these clues?

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Although Harper Lee never spells it out clearly, the reader must assume that Bob Ewell died at the hands of Boo Radley. Jem and Scout identified the sound of their stalker as someone who "shuffled and dragged his feet;" later, Scout smelled "stale whiskey" on the body laying on the ground. It must have been Bob, drunkenly staggering along after the children. Bob must have also owned a knife, since Scout heard "metal ripped on metal," and the sheriff later found that

... a shiny clean line stood out on the dull wire. "Bob Ewell meant business," Sheriff Tate muttered.

It was Bob who "slowly squeezed the breath...

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