Australia mushroom lunch poisoning saga: Alleged murderer Erin Patterson to sell Melbourne home

  • 14/11/2023

The Australian woman at the centre of a deadly mushroom meal has put her Melbourne home up for sale.  

It comes after Australian homicide detectives arrested and charged Erin Patterson with murder earlier this month, in what they described as "the next step" in a "complex" and "thorough" investigation. 

Don and Gail Patterson, Erin's former parents-in-law, and Heather Wilkinson became sick and later died after attending a lunch cooked by Erin in the rural Victoria town of Leongatha in late July.

Patterson was charged with three counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder. The murder charges and two attempted murder charges relate to the fatal meal on July 29. The further three attempted murder charges relate to three separate incidents in Victoria between 2021 and 2022.

Police allege the poisoning was caused by death cap mushrooms. 

The three-bedroom townhouse in Mount Waverly is expected to sell for AU$960,000 to $1.05 million and is scheduled for auction on Saturday. It's not the property where the mushroom lunch was served. 

"This easy-care townhouse is equally suited to those starting out or downsizing as it is for families and investors," a property description by real estate agency Ray White read. 

"Quietly tucked at the rear of only two, the residence takes great care in providing a comfortable lifestyle with the lounge room enriched with large windows, while the dining zone is accompanied by a well-equipped kitchen complete with a Bosch dishwasher."

Unsurprisingly, the listing doesn't mention the house's infamous owner. 

Patterson’s Melbourne home has been put up for sale.
Patterson’s Melbourne home has been put up for sale. Photo credit:

Melbourne's The Age reports that public records show the property was transferred from joint ownership by Erin and Simon Patterson into Erin's name alone in 2021. It previously traded hands in 2019 for $931,000. 

It's believed Patterson used the townhouse as an investment property while living in a home she built in the Victoria town of Leongatha - the site of the alleged mushroom poisoning that killed three people. 

Patterson has always maintained she did not intentionally poison her guests and denied any wrongdoing.  

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