To Kill a Mockingbird

why do atticus and heck tate, tacitly agree to say that the stabbing had been accidental, ewell falling on the knife?

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Both understand that the publicity would destroy a guy like Boo Radley.

Boo Radley is essentially a mockingbird. He tries to do good but is a social recluse. Having the media on him and old ladies delivering pies would be more than this man could handle.