A story from 3 years ago- I said as much before On the former Wall of Peace. There is simply no way they could have ever kept up with the expense because there aren't very many of them in the group who actually go out and picket...that's why they take their kids along, so they can claim a few more warm bodies and artificially inflate their numbers.~Kate
This an excerpt from journalist Dan Weaver on Associated Content: "On Oct. 3, 2007, Mike Sangiacomo of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, asked Shirley, "How often do you show up at places you say you will be? I've looked for you at several in Ohio and you were not there and followed-up another half-dozen where you said you would be and you were not. I'd appreciate a list of actual appearances in the last few months, as opposed to scheduled ones. Thanks
Shirley Phelps-Roper's response was anything but honest, not to mention rude, referring to Mr. Sangiacomo as Angry Michael, even though there is no anger in his letter. It was obfuscation at its best, better than most politicians. She claimed that because Mr. Sangiacomo was thinking about Westboro Baptist Church coming to Ohio, they were actually there. In other words, their presence in Mr. Sangiacomo's thoughts fulfilled Westboro Baptist Church's promise to go to Ohio, even though they did not go when they said they would. If that isn't lying, I don't know what is."http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1857239/god_hates_liars_westboro_baptist_church.html
Mr. Weaver does on-going research on WBC. Here's a link to another good article:http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1509646/best_sources_for_understanding_rev.html?cat=9
The Rick Ross Institute is the best resource I have found concerning WBC because he is an expert of cults and hate groups. If you ever get the opportunity to go to a workshop or training presented by him GO...it's worth every cent.