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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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I am no expert, but the tan lines from the babes were not from the 1950s. The girls are just way too good looking and well endowed to be random girlfriends of JFK. The whole thing had a posed feel to it. The new explanation makes a lot more sense that it was from a Playboy photo shoot. But this shows that gossip sites like TMZ cannot be trusted and journalists(including FOX) need to use more judgment when running stories.

1758 days ago


LOLZ! TMZ faked out! What a shock!

1758 days ago

Linda Lovelest    

Hey Harvey has Caroline Kennedys attorney contacted you yet?

1758 days ago

Petr Buben    

President Kennedy was assassinated in a secret services conspiracy. After refusing to invade Cuba, and confront militarily Soviet missile deployment in a Turkish-Cuban missile crisis, when Soviets were readying to deploy missiles in Cuba in response after US deployed its missiles in Turkey.

The fact is, under JFK, an unnecessary Vietnam war, started with Gulf of Tonkin false flag operation, would probably never happen.
60 000 American soldiers dead, 600 000 Vietnamese, 3-4 million Vietnamese civilians.

To conclude, I suggest that mechanism be instituted, by which US President be removed more easily from the office, not for wrongdoing, but out of political reasons, for example, by a Vote of non confidence in the Congress.
Also, I suggest that elections are carried out in 2 rounds runoff manner.

1758 days ago


I remember seeing this photo in Playboy many years ago...
At that time they did not mention anything about Kennedy

1758 days ago


You wouldn't see him with no 'dogs' !

1758 days ago


Busted! Drudge Report is billboarding this Smoking Gun report that it's actually a PLAYBOY mag photo from the 1970s:

(Hey, Harvey -- let's see the video of the TMZ Meeting about THIS one!)

1758 days ago

Oh pleez    

In an interview, Larry Dale Gordon, the Playboy photographer who took the yacht image, said that the man TMZ identified as Kennedy was a "paid model," as were the naked women featured in the shot.

The Smoking Gun has the real pictures from 1967! TMZ got punked, big time!

1758 days ago


Who authenticated the photo....Ray Charles?

1758 days ago

Linda Weill    

mens is dawgs ;>}

1758 days ago

mac m    

Why would anyone be surprised?

1758 days ago


Anyone with a set of eyes can clearly see that the photo is FAKED. It looks like they propped-up a lifesized poster of JFK on the the deck. It is so obvious that it is phony, why are people even speculating about it? Just look at it, it doesn't look like a real person on that ship, the pose is all wrong.

1758 days ago


JFK was admirable in every way; all you pious, critical people are just jealous, BUT Barry Goldwater maintained later in life that he would have won the election if the country had not been in a state of extended grief (referring to the assassination of John F. Kennedy), and that it was simply not ready for a third President in just fourteen months. If Kennedy had not been elected, America might have stayed a constitutional Republic like it was formed by our founding fathers and we would not be in this huge mess! Goldwater helped start the Libertarian Party which carries on his legacy of being the ONLY constitutional party to this day.

1758 days ago


I love TMZ, but this is really embarrassing. You were just trying WAY too hard to find facts that confirmed this was JFK. I think you're better than this.

1758 days ago
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