Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., founder of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, died around midnight Thursday.
For almost 24 years, Phelps and his small group of followers have made themselves infamous for leading anti-gay demonstrations at natural disasters, mass killings and funerals.
In his mind, Phelps said in a 2006 interview, every catastrophe, attack or misfortune was God’s retribution for America’s failure to castigate gays.
“That’s my job man,” Phelps told KCUR. “To cause this evil country to know their abominations."