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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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RIP DOLLA    

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1668 days ago
482.

venicementor    

MY GOD, what is wrong with some of you people? Looks as thought the "inhumane" have been blogging on this site. It amazes me the name calling an the totally insane observations and comments people will make. We may be advanced in technology but mentally we are going backwards into the stone age. Geeeezzz folks, it's a photograph that may even be a fake. Get over it!

1668 days ago
483.

Pablo    

What's going on? Isn't a man who sleeps with lots of women a STUD? What's with the 'manwhore' swipes? Do all the feminists have us by the balls? I'm sure JFK had his flaws but being a womanizer wasn't one of them.

1668 days ago
484.

Papermoon    

Those women in the picture were not wearing bikinis, they were naked.

1668 days ago
485.

democratsarefascists    

What cave have you been living in? JFK's friends have admitted he was a womanizer! The man himself said if he didn't have a new woman every three days he got terrible headaches. He slept with Marilyn Monroe. He slept with Judith Exner, which has since been confirmed by White House logs. Jackie Kennedy admitted he was a womanizer.

"558. What's going on? Isn't a man who sleeps with lots of women a STUD? What's with the 'manwhore' swipes? Do all the feminists have us by the balls? I'm sure JFK had his flaws but being a womanizer wasn't one of them."

1668 days ago
486.

julmaro    

RICH, BEAUTIFUL AND POWERFUL........

1668 days ago
487.

Roosevelt    

So he's on a vacation on the Med with naked women swimming off a boat. Is he beating them? Raping them? Taking photos so he can blackmail them? What's the issue??. America is so bleeping prudish and Puritanical. And that's why Americans are continuously shocked and surprised by non-news like this. Grow up...

1668 days ago
489.

checkfacts    

TMZ is now saying that this photo is a fake. That it's really a photo taken in 1967 for Playboy

1668 days ago
490.

venicementor    

"Good job, TMZ, smearing a dead man.. another conservative republican mission accomplished.

Posted at 1:44PM on Dec 28th 2009 by DoctorSerizawa"

What is the matter with you!!! What does being a conservative Republican have to do with all this BS? Are you mentally ill!!?

1668 days ago
491.

Bill    

The point is that back then everyone in the media knew that Kennedy was a philanderer .... they just didnt care what politicians did in their bedrooms, or , in this case, on their boats.
For some reason, starting with the Gary Hart fiasco, the public expects politicians to be honorable, chaste men and women.

Ummmm, anyone hear of Thomas Jefferson? Politicians have been womanizers forever. Why should it matter what they do in private, as long as they can make good decisions leading the country.

1668 days ago
492.

Matt    

Kiki from post #9. you misspelled genius, and replaced it with a brand of beer. you drunk idiot

1668 days ago
493.

megkelso    

Next we'll find photographic evidence that Barrack Obama is, at the very least, partially African.

I thought my ex was a lying cheat, now I see he was simply behaving presidentially.

http://diaryofmydivorce.blogspot.com/2005/01/rick-is-selfish-lying-cheat.html

1668 days ago
494.

woundedduck    

Now that's living!

1668 days ago
495.

Yakubu    

This picture is a fraud. The right side of the photo is from a Playboy magazine back in the 1960s. I don't recognize the left side. TMZ should stop this nonsense. It does not help your credibility.

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