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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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511.

james    

FAKE HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Whats TMZ stand for? Trained moron zoo.

1674 days ago
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masters_in_disaster    

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513.

Ron    

You idiots. The high-res photo shows a clear HALFTONE PATTERN. Either your "experts" are incompetent to the extent that they should never again work in the field, or you guys are simply lying about the experts in the first place.

1674 days ago
514.

Robert    

ITS NOT JFK ITS TIGER WOODS!

1674 days ago
515.

Sculley    

Who Cares? 40 to 50 year old grainy photos showing some one skinny dipping, I for one am worried about paying my Mortgage, getting my daughter Braces & surviving another week. I'll do you a favor, I'll admit the truth. It was me jumping off the boat! There, Happy? Now get back to work.

1674 days ago
516.

barb    

Who gave TMZ the photos? Just curious because a specific deceased car dealer immediately came to mind...

1674 days ago
517.

FormlessOne    

You have to love the Internet - it didn't take long to debunk this "never-before-published photograph" as a lame black and white copy of a previously published Playboy photo shoot.

You should probably just update the story with a retraction. Also, Jeff Sedlik better hope that, if he's testified in criminal or civil cases, no one gets wind of this monumental screw up.

1674 days ago
518.

chuck    

Good your "professor" expert and the "BA in art/photography" commenter didn't embarrass their online degree in a day schools by naming them

If someone thought they had a legitimate photo would they really waste time with TMZ? And were you serious with the pretending to have done research??????

TMZ should stick to entertainment and leave history to someone else. Now let's see how many idiot network and local "news" stations actually waste airwaves with this irresponsible mess.

1674 days ago
519.

X************X    

The Smoking Gun is laughing their guts out over this one. The pic is from Playboy!

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/1228092jfkpic1.html

It is a photo that has changed history....TMZ has lost ALL credibility from this day forward.



1674 days ago
520.

dollie    

Breaking News... NIXON RESIGNS!
No kidding... JFK was a cheat, uh, I mean...liked boats!

1674 days ago
521.

Texas Explorer    

That's an altered image of an old Playboy pic:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=389&topic_id=7340534&mesg_id=7340534

You should be ashamed of yourselves for posting it. What else have you published that isn't true?

1674 days ago
522.

Keith    

Really guys, this should never have passed the giggle test.
Not only is the half-toning of a published photo clearly evident in the "original", the angle of the photo way too high to have been a casual snapshot, but the original photo itself has clearly been retouched. It was a rush job, done before the original was published, and it was to re-shape the hair of the jumping girl. Note the halo around her hair, and not the missed portion of hair which seems oddly out of place. Even given that hair spray in the 50's and 60's was liquid nails in disguise, it would have not prevented her hair from blowing up as she jumped down. Retouching was not born with Photoshop people - and clearly it was done on this original which was published, and then a photo was taken of the publication and passed off as an original.

Which leads me to suspect that this whole thing was manufactured by TMZ to keep the buzz going as Tiger died down. Fess up!

1674 days ago
523.

Steve    

TMZ = the next Faux News? Good going, guys! That's one way to "alter history".

1674 days ago
524.

Matt    

Not true...this was part of a Playboy layout from 1967 (Kennedy was dead and buried in 1963). I guess the host of TMZ, you know the guy who says "I'M A LAWYER) had better double check facts before sprouting off his mouth, however maybe Kennedy's ghost showed up in the picture.

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Tarah Benner    

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