Erin Patterson, a 49-year-old heiress with a multimillion dollar property portfolio, has been arrested at her rural property in Leongatha, Victoria. She is accused of serving a deadly lunch of Beef Wellington pie on July 29, which allegedly contained the highly toxic Amanita phalloides mushroom. The police investigation has confirmed three fatal poison mushroom cases and one survivor who may have undergone a liver transplant.
Patterson, who inherited significant wealth after the death of her mother four years ago, was taken in for questioning by Homicide detectives after her home was searched by police. The alleged victims, including her ex-husband's parents and aunt, fell ill after consuming the meal and died in the following days.
Once a respected figure in her community, Patterson's life has been turned upside down since the incident. She has been hounded by the media and has faced public scrutiny. Patterson claims to have taken a serving of the deadly meal herself but escaped severe symptoms.
Prior to the tragic events, Patterson led a privileged life as a stay-at-home mother, but allegations have surfaced about her attitude towards the local community and her marriage. Online forums revealed her complaints about her husband and her passion for true crime. However, it has been suggested that the lunch gathering was intended as a forum for mediation between Erin and Simon to salvage their failing marriage.
As the investigation continues, Patterson's lavish lifestyle and her family history have come under scrutiny. She, along with her sister, inherited a million-dollar property and reportedly made lucrative property investments with the inheritance.
Erin Patterson now faces a homicide investigation, and the details of how the toxic mushrooms were consumed have yet to be revealed. This tragic incident has not only resulted in multiple deaths but has also shattered the once comfortable and orderly life of this affluent heiress.