Bob Ewell is a character from the 1960/1962 book/film To Kill A Mockingbird.
In the storyEdit
Ewell initially is friends with Atticus Finch, a lawyer. But Ewell loses his friend when Finch chooses to defend a black man (Tom Robinson) accused of abusing Ewell's daughter (Mayella Ewell). When Ewell attends the trial and testifies, his "side" wins the case, despite strong evidence that Robinson never committed such a crime.
He is still humiliated at the trial, though, and goes on a horrific crime spree, trying to break into Judge Taylor 's house. He also spits in Atticus' face and menaces Tom's widow. Later, in an unstated time, Ewell even attempts to murder Finch's children, Jem and Scout, while they are walking home in a dark night in the woods.
There are three separate stories of how he died. Scout does not really know how he died, but she thinks Jem got back up, but Atticus thinks Jem killed Mr. Ewell. Mr. Heck Tate tells Atticus that Bob Ewell fell on his own knife. The true story seems to be that Mr. Arthur "Boo" Radley came out of the house and killed him to protect Scout and Jem.
Ewell appears to be an abusive father.