Travolta ‘Manny’ Mystery
Jeff Kathrein, the male nanny and wedding photographer who was supposedly taking care of John Travolta‘s son on the night he died, is back to work.
While Travolta has posted a notice on his website recently explaining that grief has kept him from promoting his new movie, ‘The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,’ that hasn’t stopped Kathrein.
According to his website at K&K Photography, he and wife Ana were back to work by January 31st of this year, about a month after Jett died in the Bahamas.
Kathrein was identified at the time as Jett’s male nanny, even though he supports himself as a wedding photographer in Tampa, Florida.
And, according to the website Truth About Scientology, Kathrein completed a drug course with the sect almost a year ago — six months before Jett died.
Ana is also listed as having completed Scientology courses in 2004 and 2008.
How the Kathreins came to be “nannies” with the Travoltas for Jett remains a puzzlement. It also raises serious questions since the National Enquirer is reporting that John Travolta told Bahamian police that Jett was autistic. Why was a wedding photographer put in charge of an autistic teenager?
Scientology seems to be the connection between the Kathreins and Travoltas. It’s worked to Jeff Kathrein’s advantage: Kathrein’s only non-wedding pictures published in a magazine are of fellow sect member Kelly Preston, wife of John Travolta, in TV Guide.
Jeff Kathrein is widely believed to be the man John Travolta is kissing goodbye on the steps of his private plane in 2006, photographed by the National Enquirer.
It’s unclear how Kathrein has juggled his manny and photography businesses. According to his Linked In page, Kathrein attended Portland State University in 2000-2001 where he was ‘Pre-Medical’ and participated in varsity soccer. In the year prior to that he was ‘Pre-Medical’ at University of Missouri-St. Louis.
According to Travolta’s lawyers last winter, it was Kathrein who found Jett Travolta’s body. He performed CPR on the boy as well, according to reports.
According to his website, Jeff and Ana ‘now rank among the elite photographers in the Tampa Bay Region.’
But Kathrein was described last winter as the nanny who was supposed to be watching Jett Travolta when he died. Just prior to that, the Kathreins had traveled to Rome with the Travoltas.
Jett’s tragic death doesn’t seem to have stopped the Kathreins’ wedding photography business, however. On January 31st, they posted pictures from ‘an engagement’ shoot in the south of France. Three days later they posted pictures from the same couple’s wedding at a 400-year-old chateau outside Paris. At the end of March they put up pictures they took of each other horsing around in abandoned train, and so on.
A person described as a ‘friend’ of Travolta’s told the U.K. Daily Mail last winter: ‘Jeff has known John for years. I think they met through Scientology. Jeff always travels with John and then when Jeff met his wife Ana, she started travelling with John and Kelly too. But I never heard Jeff referred to as a nanny until Jett’s death.’
A call to Kathrein’s Tampa office was not returned.