Late last evening, Sanger Rainsford, a big game hunter from New York City, came ashore at a small village in South America. Rainsford claims he escaped from an island, which sailors call "Ship-Trap" Island, owned by a former Russian military officer named General Zaroff.
"He hunted me, but I won," said Rainsford. "Zaroff hunted men on his island, and when I didn't want to hunt with him, he gave me a hunting knife and a head start."
Rainsford accidentally fell off his yacht as it went by Zaroff's island. He survived by swimming to shore. When he met the general he was quite impressed by the beautiful chateau and the excellent manners of the Russian. Zaroff treated Rainsford to an excellent meal and they talked at length about hunting. When the general suggested to Rainsford that they hunt men together, Rainsford refused.
"I thought his idea was barbaric," Rainsford said.
The general tracked Rainsford through the jungle and, while the general succeeded in coming close, Rainsford eluded Zaroff and even injured him. Rainsford also set a trap which killed Zaroff's servant and one of his dogs.
"I finally jumped from a cliff into the sea in order to avoid being killed," said Rainsford. "I swam back to his chateau and waited for the general to return."
Rainsford says he hid out in Zaroff's bedroom and confronted the general. They fought and Rainsford succeeded in killing Zaroff. Rainsford claims there are no remains because dogs ate Zaroff's body.
"I'll never hunt again. It was a horrible experience and I now know what it's like to a be a beast at bay," concluded Rainsford.
Authorities are investigating Rainsford's story. Rainsford has cancelled his hunting expedition in Brazil and will be returning to New York City in the next few days.