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Dateline to Feature Ted Shaughnessy Case

CrimeJan 12, 2024

Dateline to Feature Ted Shaughnessy Case

The Austin, Texas, jeweler was murdered in his home in 2018, and his son later pleaded guilty to hiring a man to kill him.

Corey Shaughnessy Dateline screen grab
The 2018 murder of Ted Shaughnessy, who owned Texas independent Gallerie Jewelers, will be the topic of an upcoming episode of “Dateline,” NBC’s long-running true crime series. Ted’s widow, Corey Shaughnessy (pictured here), will be among those interviewed for the episode. (Photo courtesy of NBCUniversal News Group)
New York—The 2018 murder of jeweler Ted Shaughnessy will be the subject of the episode of “Dateline” set to air tonight. 

Shaughnessy was the owner of Gallerie Jewelers in Austin, Texas, an American Gem Society member store that Shaughnessy, an AGS registered jeweler, ran alongside wife Corey Shaughnessy, a certified gemologist appraiser. 

Ted was shot to death in his home on March 2, 2018, in what was initially believed to be a random home invasion.

A few months after Ted’s murder, the Shaughnessys’ then 19-year-old son, Nicolas Patrick Shaughnessy, and his wife Jaclyn Alexa Edison, also then 19, were arrested and charged in connection with the case. 

Police alleged the couple hired a hitman to kill both of Nicolas’s parents so they could collect on their $2 million life insurance policy, but Corey survived. 

Watch: A Preview of Dateline’s “Ghosts Can’t Talk”



Nicolas pleaded guilty to capital murder in April 2021 and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. 

The men Nicolas and Jaclyn hired to carry out the murders, Arieon Smith and Johnny Roman Leon III, also entered guilty pleas and each received a 35-year sentence.   

Edison pleaded guilty to conspiracy to attempt to commit capital murder in June 2023 and received 10 years’ probation. 

“Ghosts Can’t Talk,” reported by Andrea Canning, is set to air tonight, Jan. 12, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on NBC. 

It will include interviews with Corey and Nicolas Shaughnessy, as well as Travis County Sheriff’s Office investigators and defense attorney Rick Flores.  


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