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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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Its not like he is even staring at them. Its not that unusual for people to skinny dip, and remember in the Mediterranean it is not unusual for women to swim topless at public beaches.

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Scott Elliot    

What is really funny is all you idiots arguing for hours about whether the photo was real!

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The man you claim is JFK seems pretty laid back for a married Senator who is being seen and photographed by people on a passing by boat. How many people would have seen JFK board the boat with the gals? And who would be the gal your supposed JFK is holding hands with?

I call BS as well.

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How many men wouldnt kill to be on a boat with beautiful,naked women? CMON?? As far as calling him a man whore,men love sex and he was able to get as much as he wanted.He was a great leader,as was Martin Luther King, who fooled around on his wife and as have so many other exceptional men.Bill did it,and so have loads of others.Men love pu--y,except gay guys,and most men,I believe,wont say no to a hot woman. Im glad that Kennedy got to be our Leader,when he did.Yes,many men are pigs,but can still do good.This doesnt make him Satan.He was a great man with a horny d--k.

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I am married and was louging poolside on vacation with my wife when a couple of college girls stripped naked. If a photo happened to be taken at that moment with me in the background, does that make me a pig for being present when others decided to skinnydip? Just because JFK is in the photo, people call him a pig for what others are doing. How does that work??

Besides...the photo is a debate over about JFK.

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It's fake.

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does anyone seriously disbelieve the murder of mm was orderer from on top?

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ok,he had big balls no doubt.but shanty all the way.he put it all on the line against nikita.a real gunslinger thing that.but you don't off your bang for no reason.national security? how the hell could mm harm national security?obviously individual human life was not a great priority by evidenced by ted the dead and john the blown hillel said when he saw a skull on the killed others so you were killed and those who killed you others will kill.

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it's not real. Then again, the readers of TMZ may not even care.

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everyone with a brain already knows JFK was a slut and all of you who think he was the greatest pres. ever.. read MLK's bio it will tell you how JFK lied and was not the civil rights leader the historians and liberal media would have us believe

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YES it should be shown,people in public office should be held to a higher standard,celebs,athletes,politicos,those that our youngsters look up to have to be held accountable not congratulated for their exploits

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TMZ Falls For JFK Photo Hoax
Photo that "could have changed history" actually from a Playboy shoot

DECEMBER 28--In a colossal screw-up, the gossip web site TMZ today published a photo purporting to show John F. Kennedy frolicking on a yacht with a harem of naked women--except that the image actually appeared as part of a November 1967 Playboy photo spread, The Smoking Gun has learned. The TMZ hoax was billed as an "exclusive" featuring a photo that "could have altered world events" had it surfaced prior to JFK's presidential campaign. "It could have torpedoed his run, and changed world history," the site added. In reality, the photo appeared in story about Playboy's "Charter Yacht Party: How to Have a Ball on the Briny with an Able-Bodied Complement of Ship's Belles." As seen in the below page from the November 1967 issue, the Playboy photo is in color. The "Exclusive" TMZ image is the same photo, just reproduced in black and white. [Click here for a side-by-side comparison of the original Playboy photo and the watermarked version published today by TMZ.] According to the web site, 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." The gossip site offered no further details about the photo's provenance or what they paid for the image. The site noted that "we believe the photo was taken in the mid-1950s," likely while Kennedy was on a two-week "Mediterranean boating trip" with his brother Ted and Senator George Smathers. TMZ claimed to have consulted with "multiple experts," including a forensic photo expert and two unnamed JFK biographers, as it sought to confirm that the late president was photographed surrounded by a quartet of naked women. According to the caption accompanying the Playboy photo spread, four couples were enjoying themselves on a trip to Petit Rameau, an island in the Grenadines. As "Andy" sunned himself on deck, "Elaine" dove naked into the water while "Roxanna" provocatively shimmied up a ladder. 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. (2 pages) (More See

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