Before reaching 30, Aisling Tucker Moore-Reed had already reached levels of success few people achieve in a lifetime. She’d received several awards for novels she’d cowritten with her sister and mother. She’d also received plaudits for her role as an avid campaigner against “gendered violence” toward women. And as filming ended in the fall of 2018, she had just starred as the lead character in a horror movie called From the Dark, which involves a going-away party at “rural mountain lodge and cave attraction” that was closing down amid a sudden spate of missing bodies. According to the film’s producers, a crucial scene involves Reed’s character shooting someone.
The producers say that it wasn’t until the day after shooting ended in September 2018 that they learned the entire time they were shooting the film, their lead actress had been out on bail for shooting and killing her uncle in 2016. That’s because when she auditioned for the film, she used the pseudonym “Wyn Reed.”
EARLY LIFE: DAUGHTER OF BESTSELLING AUTHORS
Aisling Tucker Moore-Reed was born in Los Gatos, CA on October 15, 1989 to Kelly Moore and Dan Reed, both of whom were New York Times bestselling authors. Her mother is also a lawyer who once represented Playboy Playmate of the Year Anna Nicole Smithy. Reed claims lineage on her maternal side all the way back to the Mayflower and the Jamestown settlers.
In 2011, Reed, her mother, and her younger sister Larkin inked a reported six-figure financial deal to write a trio of novels oriented toward young adults that would be known as the Amber House trilogy. She also worked as a reporter for a local Oregon newspaper as well as contributing pieces for Huffington Post and Cosmopolitan magazine.
While studying journalism, cinema, and theater at USC, Reed gained notoriety for publishing the name of an alleged rapist on her blog. After an LAPD investigation, it was determined there was no evidence that she had been raped, and the person she named successfully sued her for defamation. In a 2015 book called Rape Justice: Beyond the Criminal Law, Australian feminist Anastasia Powell listed Reed as one of a group of women she criticized for engaging in online “vigilante” justice in under the cloak of “resistance to rape culture.”
A FAMILY FEUD THAT TURNED DEADLY
At some point in 2015, Reed’s mother Kelly Moore announced her intentions to sell a family property in Applegate, Oregon. This did not sit well with Kelly’s brother Shane, who was in his early sixties and lived in a trailer on the property. He apparently feared he’d become homeless if the property were to be sold.
In 2015, Aisling accused her uncle of assaulting her and was able to receive a court order that commanded him to stay away from her.
On July 2016, Reed and her mother met with a notary public in the kitchen of their house to discuss paperwork that may or may not have been related to the sale of the estate—at press time, it remains unclear.
Aisling began filming the meeting. A few minutes in, the video shows her Uncle Shane wandering around outside.
Then you hear Aisling scream that he’s inside the house.
Seconds later, you hear a gun shot.
And then more screaming.
Shane Patrick Moore bled to death.
Three days later, Aisling Tucker Moore-Read was indicted on charges of first and second degree manslaughter. She was not charged with murder due to the fact that not only did she have a restraining order against her uncle; her mother also testified that the shooting had been in self-defense.
She posted bail in August 2016.
OUT ON BAIL FOR SHOOTING AND KILLING HER UNCLE, SHE LANDED THE LEAD ROLE IN A FILM WHERE SHE SHOOTS AND KILLS SOMEONE
In March 2018, auditioning as “Wyn Reed,” she landed the lead role in a movie called From the Dark, a “rural murder mystery thriller” by Siskiyou Productions in southern Oregon.
The film’s producers say it wasn’t until the day after principal shooting ended that they learned she was out on bail for shooting her uncle.
Screenwriter Justin Adams says:
I won’t spoil, but there’s a key scene where she shoots somebody in similar fashion.
According to the company’s IndieGoGo page:
When it did come to our attention, we didn’t know what to do, so we simply continued post-production and hoped for the best. We certainly don’t want to jump to conclusions as the trial has not yet begun, and until the trial is over, she is innocent until proven guilty. We don’t want to harm her, her case, or our reputations as filmmakers over something we honestly did not know….Unfortunately, being a small micro-budget film company, we didn’t perform background checks on our hires. Lesson learned…. Given the nature of this predicament, we hope that it is understandable that we have taken some time to find the best way to address it.…We thank you for your patience and hope you enjoy all of the hard work we have done.
According to producer Matthew Spickard, Reed played a character in a situation frighteningly similar to her real-life dilemma:
Basically the lead character knows they’re in trouble, and she just nailed the right level of fear. She’s just a really talented actress.
SHE WAS REARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH MURDER IN 2018 DUE TO A REVIEW OF THE CELL-PHONE VIDEO
In September 2018, Reed was rearrested and slapped with a new charge of murder based on a review of a cell-phone video that police originally didn’t see because they didn’t have her password.
The video shows Reed shooting and killing her uncle within mere seconds of his entry into Kelly Reed’s house. He was unarmed and had uttered no threatening words nor made any threatening motions toward her.
As Shane Moore was bleeding to death and howling in pain, Aisling Moore-Reed is heard yelling an “expletive” when informed that he still wasn’t dead.
According to Jackson County Circuit Judge Lisa Greif, “It was almost like she was angry that he wasn’t dead. To me, that kind of nailed down the evidence for me.”
An investigation also revealed that earlier in the day, Shane Moore had called local police requesting protecting and alleging that Aisling was acting unhinged and had already fired off a gun that morning.
Reed’s next court hearing is on December 9.
So here we have a true story of a woman who played a killer in a movie while facing charges of killing her uncle.
The only thing possibly more meta than that would be if they did a movie based on this incident, and the day after filming wraps, the woman who portrays Aisling Tucker Reed-More gets…well, I think you can fill in the rest.