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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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What's the big deal? This isn't news. Everyone knows that JFK always had an eye for the ladies. If the paparazzi was around during the past decades, we would have known a lot more about the personal lives of celebrities, athletes and politicians.

1730 days ago

Look at all the WJ spermette cheerleaders on TMZ. WJ rahrahrah!    

JFK wasn't part of the gay scene.

1730 days ago


I can make any fake photo I want.

1730 days ago


If this is legit, consider my mind blown TMZ.

1730 days ago


Firstly, I don't see why anyone would want to fake something like this.

Secondly, I agree that it probably wouldn't have made as big of a difference back then as it would now. Back then they didn't care what you did in your private life if you were still able to get the important things done.

Now if it had been bunch of naked men...Well that would have changed a lot of things to say the least.

1730 days ago


Coulda, woulda, shoulda...and 60 years later a photo surfaces that tells us something we alreay knew, JFK was a womanizer and a philanderer. Shock, shock. Does that move him up or down the list of famous men who couldn't keep it in their pants?

1730 days ago

Sassy Lou    

is that a book he's reading?
You mean..he's such a playboy..with five naked women running around..and he's reading a book!

1730 days ago


Why not publish a photo of Roosevelt falling out of his wheelchair? How about Lincoln arguing with his wife or crying at his son's funeral? Is it disrespectful and tasteless? Yes. It's sad how we go to so much effort to publicly humiliate our own dead heros. Other countries hail their dead heros while we go to enormous efforts to authenticate embarrassing photos of ours in their private lives and publish them for global ridicule.

John F. Kennedy saved the lives of wounded men on PT 109 while serving as a young lieutenant in the pacific theater. That's enough to garner my respect based on this one act alone. I respect this man regardless of his failings in other areas. He is an American hero to me.

1730 days ago


How do we know it's him? Not a very clear image. Oh, and he's on vacation without his wife who is pregnant and due to give birth at any time? Yeah, sure.

1730 days ago


105. JFK wasn't part of the gay scene.

Posted at 5:12AM on Dec 28th 2009 by UR Right AB

Probably not. I wasn't talking about what MJ or JFK may have done themselves, just about who wanted them.

But regardless of that, you're not more of a man if you go to bed with hundreds of women than if you bed one and keep that glow going. Quite the contrary, I'd say. Dating many women just means starting first grade all over again time after another and not getting anywhere sexually or emotionally. It's teenage stuff, not man stuff..

1730 days ago


I think the guys at TMZ just want to be able say that actually reported something truly important. Maybe we should let them have their moment, they come so rarely around here.

1730 days ago


Can someone just look at the boat design and confirm if it was the yacht they were on?

1730 days ago


Tiger should have gotten with one of those women. They know how to keep their mouths shut cause we never heard of this incident until NOW....a million years later when all is dead!

1730 days ago


Two words: KICK ASS!
Two more words: SO WHAT?

1730 days ago


Cameron is right, I was in that film with Headdy Lamour. I played a latrine orderly, named Andy Griffin. I will vouch for TMZ, the photo was real. How about the knockers on those bimbos. Iwill also sign the photo!! Luv you TMZ what would you do WITHOUT US?????????

1730 days ago
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