A Confluence of Reality and Myth
On Page 138 of David Richie’s book, UFO:The Definitive Guide…[noted here several times] under the heading “merger” is this:
"A familiar example of merging, cited by investigator Jacques Vallee, is the so-called Roswell incident, in which alleged incidents at two different locations were merged to produce an account of a single UFO “crash” involving the recovery of an alien spacecraft and the bodies of extraterrestrials."
Is Richie saying that Vallee accepts the two-incident scenario for Roswell, which is what Stanton Friedman believes, as do I and a few other UFO aficionados?
For me, one incident is the balloon scenario of Mac Brazel, a non-UFO event actually and a real event (whose nature is not exactly clear) which is the crux of the UFO story, the Roswell reality.
There is also another “merge” and that is the Roswell/Aztec co-joining, despite the insistence by Frank Warren and Scott Ramsey that Aztec is a bona fide, unique event and Tony Bragalia (and his Dream Team cohorts) that Roswell is not connected to Aztec.
Silas Newton fused what he knew about Roswell into the Aztec saga, for various reasons, enumerated here earlier.
The idea of “merger” applies to many aspects of UFO lore -- movies, book tales, TV shows, magazine articles, et al. combining into a construct that creates what seems to be a singular event but is, in fact, a consolidation of mental configurations that bring forth a singular whole that really consists of an amalgam of individual memories and neurological machinations – the Betty/Barney Hill “abduction” is a prime example.
“Merge” is not the exact word for such constructions. The psychiatric term is mergent; partial or total, “partial mergent” being the more applicable.