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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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Tahoe Rabbit    


1761 days ago


It doesn't even matter if it is true, the pic probably isn't JFK, but even if it is it wouldn't have changed history or anything else. It's now common knowledge Kennedy did a bit of cavorting, so someone got a pic... who cares. Interesting pic, but hardly scandalous. Back then the media knew of his romps and kept it to themselves, they had a kind of respect for their own jobs that the media no longer has... had the media of the period gotten ahold of this pic, they would have buried it.

1761 days ago


picture looks authentique but in witch position was the person taking the picture,on a other boat or what?

1761 days ago


LOL! Smoking Gun is reporting that it's a fake and that TMZ fell for it!

Well done TMZ! Looks like your credibility just took another well deserved hit.

1761 days ago

John L.Colucci Sr    

Well now why not try and locate the ladys that were jumping off the boat,and also some that were laying nude on same boat ,, and then seek out the truth to this matter, surely there must be some of them around ,, maybe bodys would not look the same but who would care now ,, John

1761 days ago


Zing. ahahahahahaha

1760 days ago


Je fais toujours pareil;

I always do the same.

1760 days ago


It is obvious that most of the posts are from younger people. This photo is from a Playboy "Girls Of" layout from the 60's or 70's. I think it was Girls Of The Riviera. I sold all my Playboys several years ago so I cannot give you the exact article.

1758 days ago


I think its a fake because the women are so over the top hot and there are so many of them. JFK is conveniently in an easy to cut out square lounge chair and he is lit differently then the others even if experts say otherwise.
Although I must admit, I would happily have been in either original photo.

1755 days ago


So what? When I lived in Hawaii and went sailing, we all went skinny dipping!

1755 days ago


We all have flaws; Those of you who think different lets look in your closets and see if you can pass the magnifying glass; If you can then maybe you should go into the media spotlight and tell the rest of us how to live your perfect life!!!!
President Kennedy was a great man for his time and his flaws should not erase the great things he did for this country!!!!

1748 days ago

mel if    

Wait a second. Does this mean Kennedy faked his death, was still alive in 1967 and was caught by a Playboy magazine photographer? What's the meaning of these new revelations?? Somebody please help. Thanks.

1752 days ago

kathy in phoenix    

not surprised, just one more escapade for the Kennedy's who were ruthless, and only thought about themselves. I just love how they always remarked on being devout catholics......the old man had marilyn killed because of this son, what a joke!

1608 days ago


All over the world including many places in the united states and almost anywhere in europe, this behavior would be seen as unremarkable at worst. A group of friends, probably in the Mediterranean, having a pleasant afternoon swimming and sunning. I see no overt sexuality in these pictures. I see no perversion, no child molestation. Anyone who has ever looked at naked pictures on the internet, or has gone to a movie with a nude scene, or had sex prior to marriage, or has seen a topless or nude dancer, or who has had a libidinous thought, that includes you I am sure, shares the same level of blame. In my mind that is no real blame at all. If you think this is so terrible, GROW UP.

1605 days ago


Well at least they have natural bodies instead of all that plastic.

1579 days ago
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