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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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601.

pat    

who ever is in the picture is not jfk ,look at his hair it is combed right to left and jfk always combed left to right which can be seen in the picture of jfk above or any picture of him.

1567 days ago
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1538 days ago
603.

anon    

JFK was the greatest president ever! Whether or not it was him it wouldn't have changed the world saving decisions he made! Go JFK! :D

1509 days ago
604.

RedRiverD    

Who cares now?
The man was a great American, served his country, both in war and as president and died for his country in the most heinous way.
So, let his memory rest in peace. RIP President Kennedy

1507 days ago
605.

urmahm    

JFK is teh pimpage. Don't be hatin' on a player from Mass.

1434 days ago
606.

raghu    

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1390 days ago
607.

askfdhj    

This is fake...the specs on the photo indicate pixels and there were no digital cameras back then

1367 days ago
608.

Mark D.    

If it is Kennedy, makes you wonder who took the photo (looks like, from another boat or dock), and if there were others that were taken at the time.

Also makes you wonder why he seems to be totally relaxed while being photographed (assuming, of course, he knew) in what could be a compromising shot (though given the 'old boys network' at the time, he probably knew a photo like this would never be used to hurt his political career).

Also have to wonder what other (more damning) 'evidence' is still out there, and if any of it will ever come to light....

1321 days ago
609.

Fred C Dobbs    

Say what you will about JFK, IMHO he was a great president,the world was a better place with him at the helm, what stupifies me is that a person would leave that photo in a drawer for many yrs and not sell it, for God knows how much?, just goes to show how much more descreet we were during those years, we were a better nation then......what has gone wrong?

1306 days ago
610.

henry    

Smoking gun debunked this as a Playboy shoot long ago. I can't believe people still believe this years later.

1224 days ago
611.

jschmidt    

The Man is dead...how dare you disrespect his memory, this is truly a trashy way to treat someone, living or dead. The whole world knows that he was a womanizer, however it did not detract from the fact that he was a good man and president.

1184 days ago
612.

Harvey's Shirt    

If it is Kennedy, what is going to be done? Really, is this the first time a politician has been with a naked women? Big Fricken deal. Get over it , the Kennedy's have been the country's whores since old man Joe was bootlegging

1123 days ago
613.

malcolm warrilow    

I could see it was a fake/photoshop deal as soon as I looked at it. These fake head jobs NEVER look convincing. Now, the Oswald backyard photos ARE real.

1092 days ago
614.

rolly    

Give the man a break! Let him enjoy some depravity! After all, the poor man GOT HIS FUGGIN' HEAD BLOWN APART!! Heh heh heh heh heh heh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

361 days ago
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