According to Miss Stephanie, Boo was sitting in the livingroom cutting some items from The Maycomb Tribune to paste in his scrapbook. His father entered the room. As Mr. Radley passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent’s leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities.

– Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 1. Boo Radley is portrayed as a crazy maniac because of rumors spread about him. This is one of the stories Jem hears from Miss Stephanie Crawford. Because of this Scout and Jem look upon Boo with suspicion and fear.