Mushroom poisoning chef's home was fitted with a 'disturbing death wall'

Erin Patterson
Erin Patterson
Jack Walters

By Jack Walters

Published: 16/08/2023

- 17:10

The mother-of-two served family members Beef Wellington on July 29

A chef who allegedly poisoned four family members with mushrooms at lunch had a “disturbing death wall” in her home.

A tradesman, who remains anonymous, claimed he was paid to remove disturbing graffiti from the interior of Erin Patterson’s former home and ahead of her fatal banquet.

Patterson, 48, sold the Korumburra house for $545,000 after she split from her now-estranged husband Simon and relocated to nearby Leongatha.

It has been claimed the Patterson’s resided at the address with their two children.

Heather and Ian WilkinsonPatterson invited her former parents-in-law Gail and Don Patterson, along with Gail’s sister Heather Wilkinson and her husband Ian, for lunch at her homeFacebook

Daily Mail Australia saw images of the graffiti which showed grave stones and death-themed scribbles.

Destruction was also eerily drawn in black and red ink.

Two tombstones, one of which said “Grandma RIP”, were drawn as daggers and decapitated heads featured on the wall.

The drawings were accompanied by words which said: “You are dead by the sword.”

The tradesman said: “It was disturbing. We called it the death wall.

“They were done by their [the Pattersons’] daughter. It is pretty disturbing for mum to let the kids draw on their dining room wall.”

Patterson became the focus of attention after three people died following a suspected mushroom poisoning.

The mother-of-two served family members Beef Wellington on July 29, leaving 70-year-old in-laws Gail and Don Patterson dead.

Gail Patterson’s sister Heather Wilkinson, 66, also died in hospital following the lunch.

Another victim was put into a coma while receiving treatment at hospital.

Victoria Police announced suspicions about Patterson purposefully killing her dinner guests were misled on Friday.

The force cleared the 48-year-old of all charges, labelling the incident a tragic accident.

Death cap mushroom

Police believe that the victims may have eaten death cap mushrooms – which are some of the most poisonous in the world

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Patterson said: “I am now wanting to clear up the record because I have become extremely stressed and overwhelmed by the deaths of my loved ones.

“I am hoping this statement might help in some way. I believe if people understood the background more, they would not be so quick to rush to judgement.

“I am now devastated to think that these mushrooms may have contributed to the illness suffered by my loved ones.

“I really want to repeat that I had absolutely no reason to hurt these people whom I loved.”

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