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The JFK Photo That Could Have Changed History

12/28/2009 4:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained a never-before published photograph which appears to show John F. Kennedy on a boat filled with naked women -- it's a photo that could have altered world events.

John F. Kennedy Photograph
We believe the photo was taken in the mid-1950s. It shows two naked women jumping off the boat and two more naked women sunning on the top deck. Just below the top deck -- a man appearing to be John F. Kennedy is lying on a deck, sunning himself.

TMZ had multiple experts examine the photo -- all say there is no evidence the picture was Photoshopped. The original print -- which is creased -- was scanned and examined for evidence of inconsistent lighting, photo composition and other forms of manipulation. The experts all concluded the photo appears authentic.

A forensic photo expert says the print appears to be authentic. The expert says the photo is printed on paper consistent with what was used in the 1950s. The emulsion on the surface of the print has numerous cracks -- the result of aging and handling.


There are numerous articles and books on President John F. Kennedy which mention a 2-week, Mediterranean boating trip that JFK -- then a Senator -- took in August, 1956, with his brother Ted Kennedy and Senator George Smathers. The trio reportedly entertained a number of women on the yacht. Jackie Kennedy was pregnant at the time and was rushed to the hospital while JFK was an the boat. Doctors performed an emergency C-section, but the infant was stillborn.

A forensic analyst superimposed an image of Kennedy taken at the Democratic National Convention in August 1956, just days before Kennedy went on the Mediterranean cruise. The analyst says the features from the two pics almost precisely sync up. TMZ has also had two Kennedy biographers examine the photo -- they also believe JFK is in the picture.

The photo was eventually given to a man who owned a car dealership on the East coast. The man kept it in a drawer for years, and would brag to friends he had an image of JFK on a boat with naked women. The man died 10 years ago and one of his sons inherited the photo.

Had the photo surfaced when John F. Kennedy ran for President in 1960, it could have torpedoed his run, and changed world history.

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1.

Andrew    

Great find! Yes, I think it could have shaken things up even back then. But then we would have had... (gulp) Nixon! :(

1505 days ago
2.

Alex    

Ah, yes, but can anybody name that boat and the design and build of this boat?

1536 days ago
3.

Adi    

pretty interesting

1571 days ago
4.

Bruiser    

Sleaze? I don't think so......lucky man!

1571 days ago
5.

keeping    

Class, Class, Class...

1571 days ago
6.

Jennie Canter    

Not surprised!!

1571 days ago
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janet    

everyone know's the kennedy men are and were sluts, even then men that wed the kennedy women fool around like arnie fools around on maria all the time. Show won't deny it that's why she quit her job.

1571 days ago
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mtex    

Is Ted on the poop deck?

1571 days ago
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Kiki    

Glad he was assassinated?? JFK, manwhore or not, was an example of a man who may be shady in real life but guiness in politics. Sometimes, there is a difference between life and reality. He was a great president, although maybe not a great man, and the world would be a better place if he was still around. Why don't you go pray to George W Bush some more and hope we kill everyone that is different then us. Jesus, you're retarded.

1571 days ago
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Tink44    

Nothing surprises me anymore. Especially when it comes to the Kennedy whore men. Those poor women who married those sorry SOB's. Im sure the Kennedy women married for money. Thats the only thing the Kennedy men had going for them.

1571 days ago
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billdozer    

just shows a man can be great and still have flaws.

1571 days ago
12.

midi    

we don't need authentic photographs to tell us what we already know about capital hill - boys in power have access to not only power, but money and flesh - unlimited amounts.

1571 days ago
13.

eh    

Men are pigs.

1571 days ago
14.

AKS    

Glad he was assassinated??? What a sick comment!! How can you be glad that anyone was killed... republican or democrat... a human life was lost... shame on you!!

1571 days ago
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Lio    

TMZ - I know a lot of people have trashed you in the past (for some cases, good reason)...but this photo, and the fact that YOU were able to get your hands on it - is kind of nothing short of INCREDIBLE. I digress....anyways - this takes the cake over MJ, Anna, Heath, etc. BY FAR. Count me in now as a MAJOR FAN.

1571 days ago
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