Young Scout tells her new friend and neighbor Dill, “Our mama’s dead.” (0:08)
Dill’s aunt Stephanie tells the children, referring to reclusive neighbor Boo, “There’s a maniac lives there, and he’s dangerous.”
”They wanted to send him to an asylum, but his daddy said no Radley’s going to any asylum...” (0:10)
Scout's brother Jem tells young school mate Walter Jr., “Scout here’s crazy.” (0:36)
His maid Calpurnia tells lawyer Atticus (father of Scout and Jem), “I swear to God there’s a mad dog...” (0:41)
Atticus tells the others, referring to his client, “Deputy said Tom just ran like a crazy man.” (1:46)
- Schizophrenia: We see no evidence of thought disorder or psychosis.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder: Boo demonstrates an intense emotional connection in his protectiveness toward Scout and Jem, even to the point of risking his life to save theirs.
- Mental Retardation: We see little evidence from which to determine Boo's level of intelligence other than his ability to carve figures in soap.
- Schizotypal Personality Disorder: This explains little more than his social isolation.