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A couple were in a car racing madly through Madrid in the middle of the night. Suddenly the engine juddered, whirred, and died. The broken-down car rolled to a halt, leaving them stranded with nobody else in sight. The husband had to go and get help. He was afraid for his wife left alone in the car, so he rolled up the windows and locked the doors before leaving the car, taking the keys with him.

It took him a long time to find aid, since he was a foreigner in the city and his Spanish wasn't too good. He returned more than half an hour after leaving, to find that disaster had struck! The exterior of the car was in the same state as when he left it, but his wife was dead and there was blood on the floor and a stranger in the car.

What happened?

Edit for clarity: all the events that night were down-to-earth and believable. There were no supernatural occurrences, extraterrestrial activity, or anything outside of what is commonly taken to be "the real world".

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    $\begingroup$ This one's been asked many, many times, just not on PSE. $\endgroup$ – mmking Jun 11 '15 at 13:52
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    $\begingroup$ @mmking, rand al'thor taking a risk for the team by adding one more to the collection! $\endgroup$ – Mark N Jun 11 '15 at 15:21
  • $\begingroup$ Is the stranger dead or alive? $\endgroup$ – leoll2 Jun 11 '15 at 15:23
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    $\begingroup$ Some of the answers here are proving to me that we are some messed-up people. $\endgroup$ – Aggie Kidd Jun 11 '15 at 16:08
  • $\begingroup$ ...and man door hand hook car door. $\endgroup$ – matega Jun 11 '15 at 16:34
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They were

On their way to the hospital at high speed because the woman was pregnant and the baby was on his way. Then their car broke down. While the husband was looking for someone to repair their car, the woman died while giving birth to her child (the stranger).

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice solution. :c) $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Jun 11 '15 at 10:07
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    $\begingroup$ If only we had some form of communication at a distance which was mobile and portable enough to keep on a person... $\endgroup$ – Mark N Jun 11 '15 at 15:32
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    $\begingroup$ @MarkN ...which of course is out of power after checking the x-th Facebook 'best wishes' message on the way... ;-) $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Jun 11 '15 at 17:37
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Possible answer:

The stranger went into the open car and killed the wife for whatever reason.

Why is this possible?

"...the husband locked windows and doors before leaving the car" - so he had to unlock it again when he left!

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  • $\begingroup$ How do you roll up the windows in an open car? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 11 '15 at 10:14
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor I see, 'leaving the car' as in 'leaving behind' not as in 'getting out'. English is not my mother language so I see ambiguities where maybe none exist. $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Jun 11 '15 at 10:20
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PirateSoul's answer seems the most likely. A less-plausible alternative, however:

It's all well and good rolling up the windows and locking the doors, but that's of no use if you forget to put the roof of your convertible back up!

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  • $\begingroup$ This is the one I thought of as well $\endgroup$ – BradleyDotNET Jun 11 '15 at 18:25
  • $\begingroup$ Is it even possible to roll up the windows if the roof isn't up? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 12 '15 at 8:44
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor Probably depends on the car. Pretty sure I could in the last one I was in $\endgroup$ – LogicianWithAHat Jun 12 '15 at 9:09
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It seems pretty clear to me that

The wife has been attacked by an alien aboard the spacecraft Nostromo shortly before landing. In a rush to get her to a medical laboratory which could remove the alien egg from inside her, the couple's car whirred to a stop. As the husband was going to get help, the alien burst out of the wife's chest, spattering blood across the car's interior, killing the wife, and leaving a strange little alien inside the car.

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    $\begingroup$ thanks for throwing that in a spoiler! i would hate for you to ruin it for everyone by just displaying the real (and obviously intended) answer. :) $\endgroup$ – JLee Jun 11 '15 at 18:52
  • $\begingroup$ Of course! I would simply hate to be a spoilsport! $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Jun 11 '15 at 18:53
  • $\begingroup$ This is almost the same as PirateSoul's though ... $\endgroup$ – Hagen von Eitzen Jun 11 '15 at 19:24
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    $\begingroup$ Dear god, for the sake of my future wife, I hope not. $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Jun 11 '15 at 19:26
  • $\begingroup$ Why would anyone downvote this D: $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Jun 12 '15 at 3:43

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