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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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526.

JFK @ 3 am Committee    


Rubbish.

A clear fake, eagerly shopped by the penny press,
JFK inserted like one of those plywood pictures
you stick your head through.

1699 days ago
527.

JDD    

Idiots! He was dead by the time this photo was taken. CLUELESS! Now, where is the retraction? Playboy has admitted to this photo and JFK was not even alive when they took it!

1699 days ago
528.

Matt    

Are you sure its really John F Kennedy? You can barely make him out, for all we know it could be someone who looks a little like him?

Did anyone bother to think about that?

1699 days ago
529.

aimhlpben    

Is this guy even an "expert"? He's an embarrassment to his education! I'm guessing ITT Tech or DeVry.

1699 days ago
530.

Don    

Duhhhhhhhhhh no one noticed the bikini lines on the jumpers aren't quite 1954ish????

1699 days ago
531.

Mary Lynn    

Come on people...men have been running around for years and years. This is nothing new...the difference is that in modern society you can't hide anything...technology is just exposing people

1699 days ago
532.

zen    

I told you it wasn't him - . Next time send me the picture and I'll examine it for you- for what you paid you got ripped off. I'll do it for a cheesecake.

1699 days ago
533.

Murple    

You people are all stupid, especially the TMZ idiots that fell for this:
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/1228092jfkpic1.html

1699 days ago
534.

markc    

How incompetent does TMZ's alleged "photo expert" need to be not to see that this was scanned from a magazine. Note the dots making up the image in the closeup. A half-blind five-year-old could tell.

1698 days ago
535.

FreeRadical09    

Yeah, maybe this proves that no man is a saint. Maybe this proves that even Kennedy was weak when it involved women. Maybe this proves he wasnt perfect over all.

But just think of this:

Kennedy and his brother were the ones who solved the Cuban Missile crisis of 1962 on the American side. Had Nixon been president, there would have been a full out nuclear war, and theres the big possibility we wouldnt even here.

So yeah, maybe he was a ladies man in secret, but I think he did enough for us to let it slide.

1698 days ago
537.

mark    

JFK, manwhore or not, was an example of a man who may be shady in real life but guiness in politics. He was a great president, although maybe not a great man, and the world would be a better place if he was still around. by Kiki -------------- Are you out of your mind? A great president? because he was assasinated? Maybe you need to read some history, the real thing not the revisionist variety. How about the Bay of Pigs, Viet Nam, the near global thermonuclear war over Cuba ........ need I go on?

1698 days ago
538.

Deb    

While the Kennedy boys enjoyed women and this romp wouldn't surprise me, I couldn't help but notice the obvious tan lines on the girl jumping in the water. A highcut bikini bottom did not exist in the 50's or 60's. Makes me a little dubious of the authenticity of the pic. Am I the only one that noticed it?

1698 days ago
539.

netking17    

Where the photo was taken from ?

That's the real question.

Based on the angle, we can assume it was not taken from the boat itself.

So there must be another boat (or pier, or beach) for the photographer to stand on.

or it looks like the naked youth where playing just like they where alone (we're in the 50's remember, you would'nt do it in public).

So where do this photographer comes from ?

Notice also that JFK is right in front of the camera, how would he stand like this and do nothing ?

it's a mystery to me that a shot like this could occur, even Di had better protection on AlF yacht...

1698 days ago
540.

DARRYL    

THE KENNEDY;S MIGHT HAVE TO OF WORRIED ABOUT OUR OWN, I HAVE THE CORRUPT FBI DOJ AND MILITARY COMMITTING FELONIES WITH NI REGARD TO THE LAW, WWW.DJUSTICEOFONE.WORDPRESS.COM

1698 days ago
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