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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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181.

take4443    

OMA, Phony. All they did was take a picture of Tiger's yacht and photo shop Kennedy's head onto Tiger's body - simple as that.

1728 days ago
182.

dr cyclops    

ONE OF THOSE HOES IS MY MOM WHICH MEANS KENNEDY IS MY DAD..NOW WHERE THE HELL IS ALL MY MONEY....actually this looks fake as hell..even steve wonder could do a better job and he has no eyeballs..heh heh..least kennedy is like tiger in one way,,he perfers white girls..heh heh

1728 days ago
183.

Charles Daniels    

That looks like a picture that was in Playboy magazine.

1728 days ago
184.

Mike Tyson    

Yea the Kennedy's were the biggest P.O.S. clan this country has ever had. IT was all a big phony scam.

1728 days ago
185.

Denise    

I wonder who could have taken this photo? Surely three politicians on a private yacht wouldn't let another boat get close like that. Also, how did it get developed without a ton of copies getting made? It would have taken someone with a personal dark room to get this (and any other incriminating photos) processed.

1728 days ago
186.

KARMA    

CIA.....Can we borrow your backhoe again? We have a new lead from a Caterpiller secretary that Hoffa may be somewhere in the Prudhoe Bay area. Also, can you put it on our tab. Only four states to go, then it's off to China.

1728 days ago
187.

Ghazal    

Now Tiger Woods seems to be an angel. View from Pakistan.

pakspectator dot com

1728 days ago
188.

A.B.    

The reason tmz purchased this picture is because JFK was charismatic and loved. As I said before the person in the pic is not a match to the JFK picture put up beside, but even if it were a legitimate photo, it most likely wouldn't have hit the news in 1960. There were rumors and talking, but not even associates bringing girls to JFK went to the media. No one would use it. He had girls over at the White House when Jackie was away - nobody talked. It was a man's world and so many sinned that nobody would rat someone else out.

Anyone who calls women "tail" doesn't deserve a wife.

"White trash with money"? Almost all wealthy families started out with someone doing crooked things at some point. If it happened a long time ago, it's called old money and considered more noble. ;)

1728 days ago
189.

dr cyclops    

you women should thank god every day for us men..without us guys you girls would be lost...we give you hours of pleasure and all you do is lay there and complain..we give you credit cards.new cars..new furniture..and all you do after we get married is lay around and get fat.us men need variaty in girls ..so if we mess around its not because we dont love you ..we have needs like animals..and sometimes after having kids you no longer measure up in some ways..dont feel bad,,its not your fault.

1728 days ago
190.

now where are my glassescasual    

That man looks like Tiger Woods on his party yacht, yes?

1728 days ago
191.

Sheryl    

I was born and raised in Taxachusetts. This would not have changed anything. The man was a whore and everyone knew it then. They would have forgiven him anything. Typical libs.

1728 days ago
192.

James    

I don't think it's JFK.

1728 days ago
193.

Wombat    

Harvey,
Your article states that JFK and Teddy went on the boat with Senator George Smathers (sometimes called Gorgeous George) ...did you bother to Wiki him for a photo? It is obvious that he is the man in the photo.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Smathers

They seem to have "often" gone yachting together even after JFK became president. Smathers got divorced after he left the Senate. Smathers died barely 3 years ago.

You do the math...Smathers was a "wolf" in his own right, and often went yachting with or without JFK, and got divorced soon after deciding to not run again for the Senate, and this photo "pops" up barely 3 years after he died, and he bares a striking resemblance to JFK...I'd say what you see in the photo is Smathers on a Yacht trip WITHOUT JFK on board and his son came across this photo and decided to cash in on the similarity of his father and JFK.

1728 days ago
194.

Yolanda Nixon    

What the hell is wrong with this? Nothing! It's also none of our business. Some people need to get a life.

1728 days ago
195.

mook    

FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE THE PHOTO'S FAKE PHOTOSHOPPED!

1728 days ago
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