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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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well well
TMZs expert photographic guy Prof Sedlik is not so expert.

what a dummy

1728 days ago


I knew that photo looked familar. i was going over my old Playboys some time ago and saw that!

1728 days ago


Absolutely fascinating. Doesn't look like he was too interested in the naked chicks though.... How many naked chicks have to be on the boat to keep his attention??

Tiger still had him beat!

1728 days ago

Mr. Paulo Franca    

TMZ Falls For JFK Photo Hoax

Photo that "could have changed history" actually from a Playboy shoot

Full article On The Smoking Gun:

This way TMZ will change its own history.

1728 days ago

Ino Real    

Good to see the smoking gun putting the TMZ douche crew in their place. As if there isn't enough slander in politics nowadays, these idiots have to go dragging up things that aren't true from 50+ years ago.

1728 days ago


This photo is fake and it's irresponsible for TMZ to not update this post and link to the story showing the photo is fake. It was taken 4 years after JFKs death and was staged. Notice the photo was taken by another boat.

1728 days ago


It's a fake.

Why would a photo that was so valuable be so beat up. It looks like it's been handled by ten thousand people. It's contrived to look old. I've got pictures of my family on the beach when I was 8 years old and they look as good as the day they were printed. And older than that photo. No creases no bends , perfect. If it was only owned by one man, and cherished by him why does it look like it was wodded up and thrown in the garbage. It would have been kept in a safe place and only shown to special people. And who was this mysterious man that owned it. A close friend ? Was he on the trip ? Was there was a 2nd boat , from where the photo was taken, is on the crew roster. This is a hoax.

1728 days ago

Doc Feral    

Too bad the photo post-dates his run, not pre-dates. It's from '67. Not the 50's as was initially thought.

1728 days ago


nothin' major about this, I mean come on man it's "The Kennedy's" they're notorious for weirdness in both their personal and public life I mean who cares you know!
plus I read some post on here that said the USA be better of with Kennedy still alive!
I very much doubt it, he wasn't killed by accident you know!
JFK might have been a good man but he was a lousy politician by all accounts. the story even goes that he was killed to save the country from an almost certain yeah chew on that one for a while. but heho that's conspiracy's for ya.

1728 days ago


Sounds like another Repugnant scam at re-writing history - which it is. Of course it comes out now becaue Repugnants have discovered photoshop. I think the real story of the 21st Century is what is nano-thermite doing at the World Trade Center site - a high explosive that could only have been manufactured by our Defense department and why hasn't the Pentagon still not explained the whereabouts of a missing $2 trillion? How serendipitous that the weapons grade anthrax used after the attacks to intimidate the Senate also came from a U.S. military laboratory and the case was "solved" when a lab technician was conveniently suicided as the criminal Bush regime was about to leave office. Repugnants may be willingly stupid, but it doesn't mean the rest of the public has to be.

1728 days ago


yawn~ I'm sure the Chicago pols would still steal it for Kennedy.
Just think, if he weren't elected there wouldn't have been a Vietnam war.

1728 days ago

Bob Woodard    

Wow. TMZ. Real journalists at work. Or maybe it's a bunch of Junior High School girls gossiping about dirty laundry.
You've the lesser talented Hansen brother whining to the the slurrpeee sipping editor, (editor, that's a laff in itself)while the rest of the dorks and snitches chime in on how awful it is that some celebrity actually farted in public. THAT"S NEWS? Or is it entertainment? Gossip queens.

1728 days ago


More TMZ trash. This type of CRAP journalism represents a clear example of the decline in the credibility of our press. Why would you present this type of impossible to authenticate garbage, wrap it up in unprovable inuendo, and then to present it to your readers as "possibly true". You guys really suck. What's next, George Washington shoplifting at Walmart's?

1727 days ago

Ian MacLeod    

She knew who he was when they were married; that kind of behavior is accepted in those circle so long as they're discreet. It also doesn't say he knew she was in the hospital, either. Communication wasn't what is is now, and he may well not have known. I wouldn't have done this when I was married, but before and after? Well, I attended parties when I was younger that made this look like the tame, relatively innocent thing it was.


1727 days ago
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