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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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151.

Clinton    

Odd how different generations view morality or immorality. His carousing doesn't surprise anyone who was an adult during this time. After all, sleezy men have always found sleezy women regardless of the decade. The real and actual issue isn't in the situation, but the TIMING and of the situation.

1) He was a married man - means everything to some of us.
2) His wife was pregnant - so much for what "family" meant to him.
3) His entitlement - arrogance always permeated their mindset.

Also, to finally clear up some of the more infantile sleuthing going on, I lived around the Mediterranean during the mid and latter 50's. Girls with wet hair then looked just like girls with wet hair do now. Bikinis styles there and then were very much like they are here and now. The high-waisted "granny" bikinis were the acceptable versions here in the USA, while the original skimpy versions were relegated to Europe, Australia, and South America.

Everyone can make up history all they want, but to those of us who were there and lived it,...we know better. Evidently, a LOT better.

Cut the eulogizing and breathe some air for a change.

1657 days ago
152.

KARMA    

FYI, juust between you and me (as always) That photo is as bogus as US Currency.

1657 days ago
153.

Mary    

yawn

1657 days ago
154.

tacky66    

so every guy who cheats should be assassinated, good idea, you idiots. and to tmz, how can you bring this up, he was our president and it has been almost 40 years since the man died, let him rest in peace.

1657 days ago
155.

cyndi48    

I think the naked girl on the right was somehow added onto this photo. She is so far from the boat, yet there doesn't appear to be enough room on the boat for her to have taken a run & projectiled out over the water like that. Also, the shadows on her body are NOT consistent & appear to have been drawn on. Finally, the toes of her left foot are almost perfectly aligned with the bottom of her right foot...It looks like she was running on a flat surface somwhere.

1657 days ago
156.

What i think    

Leave it to the son that inherited the photograph to go and make a few bucks on this shot. What ever mannnnnnnnnn!

1657 days ago
157.

beeleevr    

the photo was given to "a man"? come on! no name, don't believe! until names are listed, don't believe anything! if you don't know the name then don't print the story. looks like any other joe to me. no pun intended.

1657 days ago
158.

Wow    

Who cares? The man has been dead for several decades now. His wife is dead, his son is dead, and many of his siblings are dead. I'm sure the women in the picture are probably dead as well. This picture means nothing.

Why is TMZ trying to make this into a scandal. JFK was on a yacht full of nude women a few decades ago, so what?

1657 days ago
159.

AJ    

Another classy Kennedy.

1657 days ago
160.

KARMA    

A STIFF PEE PEE HAS NO CONSCIOUS! YOU WERE BORN THAT WAY TO SURVIVE. What are you going to do about it? A LAW WON'T CHANGE ANYTHING. Thinking, what to tell them......................Solution. Tell them to forrrrrrgggggggeeeettt abooouutt ittttt!

1657 days ago
161.

Clinton    

It most absolutely would have changed history. People are trying to superimpose morality now to morality then. At that time, he wouldn't have been even given the chance to try to spin it.

Yes, he was the president during the Cuban Missile Crisis and is usually given unfounded credit for stopping it. FYI, he didn't, - it was the Congress. Presidents always take credit for the good things that happen within their administration and blame their predecessors for anything giving them any bad press (the current one is a master at it).

1657 days ago
162.

KARMA    

FOLKS, give the guy a break! Just use Protection like we do. We've got your backs on the tough stuff.

1657 days ago
163.

stalker    

TMZ YOUR EXPERTS GOT IT WRONG, THE SEATED PERSON IN QUESTION IS A WOMAN SUNBATHING ON THE DECK, IT IS NOT JOHN F KENNEDY. THE PERSON SITTING ON THE DECK HAS SHOULDER LENGTH HAIR, SPOTTING BOOBS AND AN EARRING. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW A PICTURE OF JFK WITH SHOULDER LENGTH HAIR? PLUS JFK'S FACE IS RAGGED LOOKING UNLIKE THE PERSON IN THAT PICTURE. TMZ I HOPE YOU DID NOT PAY MONEY FOR THE PICTURE.

1657 days ago
164.

Hillbilly Harry    

I don't see JFK in the picture. I see a "could be" and the head looks like it was attached later and it's waaaay to shadowed to say "hey, it's the smoking gun that's JFK!"

What's sad is that in this day and age someone with 2 minutes of photoshop work could take a picture of two guys having sex and put George W. Bush and Obama's heads on them, release them to TMZ, find "experts" to back them up and 90% of you would believe them.

There is NO PROOF here. You've all fallen for TMZ again and I hope your "moral outrage" fades when you sober up.

1657 days ago
165.

JSlug    

BFD! He was on a boat and naked (is that bad or wrong? it's freedom!) women were too. He seems to be keeping to himself. You ass hats here try to make something out of nothing. Go chase someone down the street for the photo!

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