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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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At least women back then weren't running to the tabloids giving interviews for 15 minutes of whoredom fame and riches. Marilyn Monroe had a press conference scheduled for August 6th to spill her guts about the Kennedys, but we all know what happened in the wee hours of August 5th, 1962.

1768 days ago


I don't give a poop about all the women. It's that bringing us to within five minutes of World destruction over a Cuban Cigar that rubs my rhubarb the wrong way.

1768 days ago


I wish Americans could get over the fact that their presidents have sex... Wow, what a scandal...

1768 days ago

Ms. X    

Celebs/Politicians didn't know how good they had it back then. TMZ changed all that.

1768 days ago


Women had real boobs back then and had real feminine curves. These days men want bags of bones with silicone. Any woman with healthy curves today is considered unattractive and fat. Times have changed.

1768 days ago


Boats and hos! Boats and hos!!

1768 days ago


Why has getting laid become such a big deal. I should have made it so painful nobody would want to do it! And to pay for it, Sinful, you could go bowling instead. Yeah, if it were unbearably painful there wouldn't be so many turds to feed. I should have thought of that before. Oh well, there is always room for improvement. This franchise won't fly. Back to the drawing board.

1768 days ago

Gloria Goldman    

Who the f... cares? John Kennedy is dead. Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis is dead, John Kennedy Jr is dead. Caroline Kennedy came out of her shell on behalf of Obama last year and her cause was shot dead, so she went back into her shell. Leave these people alone.

1768 days ago


Oh and this is NEWS that the Kennedys were whoremongers? Hell they all were criminals. Even ole Joe made his money bootlegging. I chuckled when Ted croaked cause that meant the last of ‘em were gone. It’s also a shame that JFK is buried in Arlington Nation Cemetery.

1768 days ago


the things that are making me question the realness of this photo are:

1) as someone already mentioned- the different earlobes
2) the size of the head in proportion to the body
3) it looks like the man is beneath the structure that the women are on so i would expect him to be in shadow
4) where did the person take this pic from? i imagine that kennedy would have gotten up if a helicopter swooped in or if an unfamiliar boat pulled up near them

1768 days ago


It very well could be him. But then again it could be anyone in that pic. It's still inconclusive.

1768 days ago


Could we please drop the words hos and bimbos? They are just demeaning without telling anything. Everyone is an individual, no matter how many or few he/she is dating. That goes for JFK and all the ladies he entertained (and I hope they had fun). When you give people names is just a feeble way of trying to control them and implying you are of a higher standard. Contempt is weakness.

1768 days ago


Strange that the forensic photo-expert didn't notice (or mention) that the print has a clearly noticeable print-screen. I.e. it was rasterized for printing. The TMZ thing may now be on silver-gelatine paper of that time but likely it was photographed then from a magazine print or something.
Furthermore it is demonstration of downward slide of US public opinion. The picture shows only a group of people have an envieable good time in a nice climate and wearing the best suitable dress for swimming. One's skin.

1768 days ago


Absolutely f***king amazing.

1768 days ago


Don't think its authentic. Check the tan lines. Bikinis weren't that small in the mid 50's. Prob. a pic of Teddy in the mid 60's.

1768 days ago
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