Mushroom chef Erin Patterson lashes out at media with three frustrated words – as focus intensifies on ‘mortal cap’ lunch
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The woman at the center of the poisonous mushroom lunch that left three people dead and a fourth fighting for her life has hit out at the media.
Erin Patterson was spotted outside her home in the eastern Victorian town of Leongatha, where on July 29 she served a beef Wellington lunch that left Heather Wilkinson, 66, her sister Gail and her husband Don Patterson dead.
Ms Wilkinson’s husband Ian, 68, fought for life and spent two months in Austin hospital before being released this week.
Ms Patterson strongly denied any wrongdoing over the fatal lunch, attracting much media attention, pushing the distraught cook over the edge.
The 48-year-old was visibly upset when she was harassed by television journalists on Sunday.
‘No! Go away!’ she screamed.
Erin Patterson, the woman at the center of the poisoned mushroom lunch, was in no mood to answer questions from the media.
This weekend it was revealed that Mr Wilkinson, a local church pastor, had been released from Austin Hospital in Melbourne in what many are calling a miraculous survival after two months of fighting for his life in the coma.
Korumburra Baptist Church parishioner Trevor Shaw welcomes the good news.
“It’s with shout and hallelujah joy, it is what it is,” Mr Shaw said.
“Everyone in this community and on the outskirts prayed, earnestly on their knees, for his recovery.”
A family statement was released confirming Mr Wilkinson had been released from hospital.
“The Wilkinson family would like to express their sincere thanks to Leongatha, Dandenong and Austin Hospitals for their unwavering dedication and exceptional care which played a pivotal role in Ian’s recovery,” it read.
“The expertise and compassion of the medical team has been a source of comfort and hope throughout this journey.
“The family also thanked the local community, including church members and other relatives.”
Tragically, Mr. Patterson’s marries Heather, 66, his sister Gail and her husband Don Patterson did not survive the poisoning, which remains under police investigation.
The Pattersons, both aged 70, and Mrs Wilkinson died a few days later.
Ms Patterson told police the mushrooms used in the beef Wellington she served were a mixture of button mushrooms purchased from a supermarket and dried mushrooms purchased from an Asian supermarket in Melbourne months earlier.
The lunch was held to attempt a reconciliation between Mrs Patterson and her ex-husband Simon Patterson, son of Gail and Don.
Ms Patterson (pictured) cooked a beef Wellington lunch at her home which led to the deaths of three people. She denied any wrongdoing
Ian Wilkinson (pictured right with his wife Heather Wilkinson) has been released from hospital after spending weeks recovering from a poisonous mushroom lunch that claimed the lives of three others, including his wife.
However, Simon canceled his visit at the last minute.
It is believed Mr Wilkinson will assist police with their investigations.
Mr Shaw said there was still one more thing to do to heal the local community.
“We all have questions, but I hope they are answered,” he said.
“The truth will come out and we can all, in a sense, relax because there will be closure.”
“But until there is closure, the heartbreak continues.”
Ms Patterson has denied any wrongdoing and Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting she intentionally poisoned her four relatives.
MUSHROOM POISONING: TIMELINE OF EVENTS
Saturday July 29
Don and Gail Patterson and Heather and Ian Wilkinson (a pastor) meet at Erin Patterson’s house in Leongatha, north-east of Melbourne, for lunch and east of her beef Wellington.
Erin’s two children go to the movies
Sunday July 30
Erin’s children eat the leftover beef Wellington but with the mushrooms scraped off.
The four lunch guests show up at the hospital feeling sick. At first we think they have gastro.
As their condition deteriorated, they were transferred to hospitals in Melbourne.
Erin also goes to the hospital.
Monday July 31
Erin is transferred to a hospital in Melbourne, where she is treated for poisoning.
Friday August 4
Gail and Heather die in hospital.
Police discover Erin’s food dehydrator abandoned in landfill
Saturday August 5
Don dies in hospital. Police searched Erin Patterson’s home in Leongatha and seized a number of items.
Sunday August 6
The police are seen returning to Erin’s home to question her. She can be heard crying loudly from inside the house before the four police officers leave.
Monday August 7
Victoria Police Detective Inspector for the Homicide Squad Dean Thomas confirms Erin is being treated as a person of interest in the case.
However, he says the investigation is in its early stages and it has yet to be determined whether the deaths are suspicious.
Shortly after, Erin breaks her silence and speaks to reporters outside the house. She says she is devastated and “loves” the four members of her family who came to her house. She denies any wrongdoing but does not answer questions about where the mushrooms came from, who picked them or what meal she prepared for her guests.
Tuesday August 8
Forensic tests are underway to find traces of the deadly fungus on the food dehydrator. Police believe it was used during the preparation of the meal.
Wednesday August 9
Daily Mail Australia reveals Simon Patterson was due to attend the lunch but pulled out at the last minute
Thursday August 10
Erin Patterson told reporters she was traveling to Melbourne to see her lawyers. A representative from the law firm later arrives at her house to hand-deliver a letter, but she is not home.
Friday August 11: Erin Patterson provides lengthy written statement to police
Sunday September 24: It is announced that Mr Wilkinson has been discharged from Austin Hospital in Melbourne