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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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166.

Snotsie    

Number 1 - you're obviously not old enough to remember Kennedy and the aftermath of his death. You're an idiot.

I'm sure TMZ was the first place the guy thought of to bring his picture? Right.

So what, the man is dead now over 40 years - what good does this do now?

Yeah, it would have changed the course of history - we would have had Nixon a lot sooner.

1677 days ago
167.

Alex    

Straight-up PIMP!!!

1677 days ago
168.

KARMA    

THANKS DAD, I'M HOME.

1677 days ago
169.

mo    

Harvey is going to rock alot of peoples world this morning with this one.JFK would have not gotten elected if this had made it into the news during those days . this stuff does not go over well now before elections so you can imagine what it was like back in the late 50's early 60's this would have put an end to it. the only one I feel bad for today is his daughter this is not going to be pleasant for her .

1677 days ago
170.

me so horny    

1. what a sleeze glad he got assassinated

Posted at 2:04AM on Dec 28th 2009 by ender024

Hey Dumb Ass never wish death on anyone except terrorists!

1677 days ago
171.

KARMA    

He who has not sinned.......Cast the first condom. (FABIO)

1677 days ago
172.

Why    

so what is this supposed to prove? that white women were whores back in the 1950's too?

1677 days ago
173.

Naviblue    

Could have been anybody. Too bad it wasn't me LOL
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1677 days ago
174.

luffing    

The tan line on the woman jumping from the vessel indicates a small bikini, not the fashion wear of the mid-50's.
The photo is a fake.

1677 days ago
175.

me so horny    

TMZ staff, tell us how much did you pay for this photo, c'mon Harvey be honest!

1677 days ago
176.

KARMA    

Thank God I immigrated to the USA, I fit right in.

1677 days ago
177.

dr cyclops    

this is all michael jacksons fault..this is fake fake fake..even in death we will not be rid of wacko jacko..anything to save his buddy dr murry..anything..first tiger,,now john..whos next wacko????? reagan...

DIE MICHAEL DIE //PLEASE

1677 days ago
178.

Laura    

Check out "THE SPEECH THAT GOT KENNEDY KILLED" on YouTube...now that's impressing.

1677 days ago
179.

amy    

Some of the guys writing on here are total jerks. Yeah real cool guy that JFK was. This is what the guy does when his wife is home pregnant with his first child who was a stillborn. If only you idiots knew what women go through to have your babies. Selfish pricks.

1677 days ago
180.

Emily    

"Changed history"?! First, everyone knew at the time that JFK was a philanderer. Second, the media had more scruples regarding such things back then. Newspapers weren't given away on the internet for free and real journalists cared about far more important things.

Sorry, TMZ, I adore you, but 1960s America wasn't ready for your smut. They were happy with the glossed over images they had implanted in their heads.

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