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Who is Erin Patterson?

BY Anas Shah Aug 09, 2023. 07:14 pm UPDATED: Aug 09, 2023. 07:14 pm

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ERIN PATTERSON became embroiled in a mystery after three of her relatives died following a lunch at her home.

The Australian woman was the only one of the five diners who did not become ill after eating the cuisine she served.

Who is Erin Patterson?

Erin Patterson, a 48-year-old mother of two, killed three members of her extended family after cooking a toxic mushroom supper.

She lives in Leongatha, Victoria, Australia, in the South Gippsland region, which is noted for its beaches, lakes, mountains, and vineyards.

Who is Erin Patterson’s ex-partner?

Simon Patterson is Erin’s estranged husband and the father of her two children.

He’s thought to be an U16 boys basketball coach.

On July 29, 2023, Simon was invited to join his parents for lunch at Erin’s house, the former family home.

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He was said to have bailed on the fateful supper at the last minute.

According to a friend of Simon’s, “Simon was supposed to go to the lunch but couldn’t make it at the last minute.”

According to Simon’s parents’ neighbors, he had resided with his mother and father after his divorce from Erin.

They added that he moved out of his parent’s house in late 2022.

In May 2022 Simon suffered a mystery illness after collapsing and was placed into an induced coma.

Simon detailed his ordeal in a social media post, writing: “I collapsed at home, then was in an induced coma for 16 days through which I had three emergency operations mainly on my small intestine, plus an additional planned operation.

“My family were asked to come and say goodbye to me twice, as I was not expected to live.

“I was in intensive care for 21 days…”

Who died after eating the mushrooms?

Gail and Don Patterson, Simon’s parents and Erin’s former in-laws, died after eating at Erin’s house, as did Gail’s sister Heather Wilkinson.

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Heather’s pastor husband, Ian, is still alive at the time of writing.

He is very ill in the hospital and is awaiting a liver transplant.

The visitors felt terribly ill after eating Erin’s supper, which apparently contained toxic mushrooms.

Gail and her husband Don were both 70 at the time of their deaths, while Heather was 66.

Homicide detectives have established that Erin is a suspect in the case.

On August 5, detectives searched her home and questioned her about the deaths, following which she was freed awaiting further investigation.

Although it is unknown whether she ate the same lunch as her visitors, authorities have ascertained that her two children did not consume the food.

Dean Thomas, Detective Inspector for the Homicide Squad with Victoria Police, acknowledged that the investigations into the deaths are not necessarily being viewed as suspicious.

He did, however, state that they are “unexplained.”

Thomas went on to say that the victims’ symptoms are linked to death cap mushrooms, and that they are working with medical professionals and toxicologists to solve the issue.

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What has Erin Patterson said?

Erin has spoken out about the matter, claiming she did nothing wrong.

On August 7, she talked to a local news station in front of her house, claiming she was “devastated” by the killings.

“I loved them, and I’m devastated that they’re gone,” she added.

“Gail was like the mother figure I didn’t have because my mother died four years ago, and Gail had always been nothing but good and kind to me.”

“Ian and Heather were some of the best people I’d ever met. They never did anything wrong to me.”

Erin did not say where the mushrooms came from or what meal she had made for her guests.

 

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