Readers wishing to investigate paranormal claims can learn how the professionals do it. Missing Pieces is filled with practical information on checking out every type of mysterious anomaly, including UFO sightings, ghost hauntings, psychic feats, and other weird events.

This is a complete handbook, featuring tactics and techniques you can use immediately to get at the truth. Learn how to conduct investigations, interrogate witnesses, recognize deception, and use the mental and electronic tools of the trade for "ghostbusting." Uncover the tricks used by those who say they can heal or influence behavior using only the power of their minds. Expose those who allege that they were selected by gods or extraterrestials to bring messages to humankind.

Baker and Nickell also address why otherwise intelligent people often accept paranormal claims without question and how the investigator can use the media to spread the truth.