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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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Who cares now this happened over 50 years ago. And the two Kennedy's
involved are dead.

1760 days ago

Bill Murphy    

Don't ask what your country can do for you...

1760 days ago

Binary Slim    

It looks phony. JFK's head seems to be superimposed onto his body and the effect is pretty unnatural.

It does, however, resemble the figure in this:

not to mention this:

Just sayin'. .

1760 days ago


Look at this article from the Smoking Gun. The photo is from a Playboy spread in 1967.

1760 days ago

David Rowell    

It's a photo from an old Playboy shoot you morons...

1760 days ago


you got ripped off. You can find a color photo of it from the November 1967 issue of Playboy, the Charter Yachting in the Carribbean pictorial, a nine page spread. Photography by Larry Gordon.

1760 days ago


Absolutely a FAKE! Where did the woman going into the water jump from? No jumping or diving board. The area where she supposedly jumped from is all cluttered. Her hair looks wetter than the hair of the woman coming out of the water. But only one picture? If the picture taker was so interested in photographing those nice looking gals then he must have taken dozens more shots. Another picture of the same scene will authenticate this picture.

1760 days ago

mel if    

Turns out the photo was really taken in 1967? That means it's even a bigger story than TMZ originally thought. It means JFK's assassination was a hoax!

1760 days ago


Leave it to the son to cash it in for $$. LOL ! If it's true, at least most politicians treated their mistress's better then TIGER, did. Tiger treated his mistress's like trash then hid like a baby when the world found out. LOL !!!

1760 days ago


Fine reporting as always TMZ!

1760 days ago


Clearly a hoax. This is a published photograph from the men's magazine in the 60's (years after JFK was dead.) Doesn't mean he didn't like the company of naked women, just was smart enough not to have his picture taken with any.

1760 days ago


I'm pretty sure that if some random guy owned this picture and it was real he would've either busted JFK and/or sold it for an obscene amount of $$. Keeping it a drawer would not have been an option.

1760 days ago


Okay. This one is apparently a fake. However, that doesn't change the nature of some of the ridiculous comments about it. All of you puritan fools need to get a grip on reality. If men weren't pigs there would be no human race at all. Take away male sexual desire and reproduction would nearly cease in its entirety. All hail and celebrate the man-whore!

1760 days ago


If he were a GOLFER though, we'd know that he should be flogged to death!

1760 days ago

dan leik    

C'mon, who among us hasn't had a few babes over on the yacht to get away from the nagging pregnant one.

1760 days ago
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