I'm not sure what you are trying to achieve. Can you please show three states of your object/s: before, after, and the desired result that you are not getting.
this link explains how the different fill rules work http://www.fireworkszone.com/tuts/476/fill_rules.pdf
I just want all inner shape and overlapping shape areas to be considered the composite fill of the compound shape - so in my example above, the three red rectangles lacking a centerpoint I want to contribute to compound path's composite fill, instead of knocking it out.
BTW, that example up there has a big outer stroke, no fill. Maybe confusing, but that's how I'm currently using the shape (to mask the outsides of 3 different designs).
If you just make your stroke a little thinner you will see what is happening.
If you just show the complete project, someone might find different ways to achieve what you want. I don't understand what you're trying to do with that shape, masking things ...